Despite heavy rains brought about by Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses, the local governments of Malabon and Navotas are pleased to report that no major flooding occurred in these areas. This can be attributed to various flood prevention measures implemented recently.
One was the pumping stations set up in these parts to help lower the rising water levels during the peak of these storms. Then there was San Miguel Corporation’s continuous dredging of the Tullahan-Tinajeros River in Bulacan.
As of November 14, SMC reported that some 60,532 metric tons of silt and waste have been extracted from the said body of water. Around 600 metric tons of waste are dredged per day. And SMC plans to do this for the entire 27km stretch.
In line with this, SMC has also planted some 10,000 mangroves in Hagonoy, Bulacan. This is part of a 76-hectare project that will see the planting of around 200,000 mangroves to help revive our country’s ecosystem.
SMC has also been asked by the Local Government of Bulacan to replicate its Tullahan River project by dredging the Marilao-Meycauan-Obando River System. With this, SMC hopes to reduce or even toally eradicate flooding in Bulacan, Malabon, Navotas, and other flood prone areas in the country in the years to come.