The San Miguel Corporation Is Planting 25,000 Mangroves in Bulacan
Despite the ongoing pandemic, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is not missing a beat in implementing various corporate social responsibility projects. In its latest project, SMC began planting 25,000 mangroves in the coastal area of Hagonoy, Bulacan in an effort to stop coastal flooding in the area.
SMC intends to plant a total of 190,000 mangroves in 76 hectares of shoreline in Bulacan and Central Luzon, according to CNN Philippines' Rex Remitio.
SMC president and CEO Ramon Ang said the company will also embark on cleaning up river systems and tributaries in Central Luzon, including the Tullahan-Tinajeros River system. The company has set aside P1 billion for dredging and clearing operations in the waterways.
“It acts as the first line of defense against inundation for those living along the shorelines, whenever there are storms or strong tides. They are also key to maintaining the marine eco-system and water quality, as they are a natural habitat for marine species,” Ang told CNN Philippines.
Part of Bulacan Airport Masterplan
Ang explained that the pro-environment projects being undertaken by SMC are all part of the company’s P700-billion mega-airport project in Bulacan that is expected to break ground in October 2020.
“It’s all part of the airport development masterplan. We will not be investing over P700 billion if flooding and environmental concerns are not addressed,” said Ang.
“This airport will not only be modern, sustainable, and game-changing for the economy and the people, it will also bring a lot of good for Bulacan, its local industries, and neighboring provinces--one of which is it will help solve flooding.”
Below are photos of the massive mangrove planting project of SMC.