Ramon Ang and SMC to Clean Over 600,000 Tons of Waste from Pasig River
San Miguel Corporation’s newly appointed CEO Ramon Ang announced his conglomerate’s massive clean-up project of Pasig River. The initiative, which will begin next month in May, will remove 600,000 metric tons of waste from the heavily polluted river on a yearly basis.
“While many believe this problem is unsolvable, I believe otherwise. I am optimistic it can be solved,” said RSA in a Facebook post.
SMC, which will fully shoulder the costs of the clean-up, is partnering with the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for this undertaking.
The Pasig River cleanup project is part of SMC’s greater P95 billion Pasig River Expressway project, an elevated toll road that will connect the east and west parts of Metro Manila. The road will decongest Metro Manila’s heavy traffic as it creates a more accessible road system.
RSA’s Pasig River initiative will not clean both the surface pollution of the river and its water and soil quality. SMC will be equipped with a marine echo sounder, hydrographic survey equipment, cutter section dredger, and an 800-metric ton hopper barge, all of which will participate in the heavy task of cleaning the river of waste and pollution. This will be guided by the numerous bathymetric surveys (study of the river floor) and other tests and studies.
"This is a very important environmental effort, and we want to do it right. Cleaning up the Pasig River has been a dream for many Filipinos, even our older generations, so we want to make sure our plan is strategic and effective. While we will use science and utilize modern technology, this project can only succeed with the cooperation of all stakeholders," said Ang.
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