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San Miguel Corporation stakes Two Billion pesos for the Pasig River rehabilitation

Separate from the project itself, SMC is also undertaking an initiative to clean up and rehabilitate the Pasig River. Its goal is to extract some 3 million metric tons of silt and solid waste from the river, to improve the flow and carrying capacity of the river, in order to mitigate flooding. San Miguel Corporation stakes Two Billion pesos for the Pasig River rehabilitation.

 

With the river rehab project, the river itself can then be safely used again as an alternative mode of transportation, utilizing watercraft or water ferries.  Ang also addressed some critics of the project who have alleged it is supposedly bad for the environment, and that it would ruin views of the river, among other things.

 

San Miguel Corporation Pasig River rehabilitation
San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president Ramon S. Ang leads government officials during the official ground breaking rites for the 19.37-kilometer Pasig River Expressway (PAREX), the first-of-its-kind green, hybrid expressway that will help ease congestion in Metro Manila as it will connect the Radial Road 10 in Manila to the C-6 Road or the South East Metro Manila Expressway (SEMME) in Taguig City. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, DoTR Sec. Arthur Tugade, and DPWH Undersecretary for Planning and PPP Service Maria Catalina Cabral attended the event held yesterday along the Pasig River in Pandacan, Manila.

 

“This is a private investment. We will spend our own money, so we will not build something that will not be beneficial to the public. We are not the type of people who will build something that will be bad for the public, the environment, and our country, for the sake of profits. In fact, we are investing a lot of money and other resources for these projects, even if the returns will take a while–because our country needs them,” Ang said.

 

Ang said some sectors appear to be spreading misinformation about the project, claiming, among others that it will cover the Pasig River.

 

“That is not true. This will be built on the side of the river, along the easement of the Pasig River to be exact. It will not cover the river. The posts for the project will only take up 1 meter of space, while the average width of the Pasig River is 200 meters,” he illustrated.

 

He added that as part of its rehabilitation efforts for the Pasig River, the company will widen and deepen the tributary in critical areas where the river has become too shallow, based on findings of a bathymetric survey conducted by the company.

 

Ang cited the area at the mouth of Marikina River and Manggahan River as examples, saying the depth of these sections have been reduced to just 1 ½ meters, while the Pandacan and Manila Bay areas are only at two meters. The ideal depth of the river is at least eight meters, he said, to allow for enough floodwaters to flow through.

 

“From today throughout construction, we will clean up the river. We estimate to remove from three million metric tons of silt and solid waste. And even when we start operating the expressway, we will continue to dredge and clean-up the river because we know that no matter what, garbage will still make their way into the river,” Ang said.

 

“Also, we know that a lot of silt, sand, and dirt will still go into the river from the Sierra Madre mountains, via the Marikina river, so the river needs to be maintained. We are committed to continuously dredge and clean it up for the next 30 years,” Ang added.

 

Apart from cleaning the Pasig River, Ang also said that the integration of green architecture principles and multiple modes of transportation will make PAREX a truly inclusive infrastructure project will benefit pedestrians, motorists, cyclists, and the environment.

 

“Though PAREX, we will solve traffic and congestion, provide jobs for thousands of Filipinos, boost productivity, improve people’s daily commutes, address flooding, and save the Pasig River itself. More than that, we can also encourage more people to be active and healthy. This is what it means to help make Metro Manila truly livable again,” he said.

 

 

 

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