Being an archipelago, the Philippines is surrounded by a plethora of bodies of water from north to south. Even in highly urbanized areas such as Metro Manila, bodies of water are still present. However, they are not as healthy and lively as those in less urbanized provinces—some are actually even considered to be “biologically dead.”
One of these biologically dead bodies of water is the Pasig River, a 25-kilometer river that connects Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay. Back in the times of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, it was said that Pasig River was clean, pristine, and alive—it was even written in some of his books! But through the decades and centuries, the river lost its life due to urbanization, neglect, and pollution.
Good thing, the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) may just be able to revive the once-beautiful river. Through their P95.4 billion Pasig River Expressway (PAREX) project, San Miguel will have to clean and remove decades-worth of debris and dirt from Pasig River. The goal, after all, is to connect eastern and western Manila through six-lane elevated roads above the river. (Read: SLEX, Skyway, Other Expressways to Go Cashless Starting November)
“Of all the projects we have done, this will perhaps be among the most challenging, and at the same time, the most fulfilling. Not only will we be building a much-needed direct link between eastern and western Metro Manila, but we will also be leading a historic effort to bring the Pasig River back to health,” San Miguel President and COO Ramon Ang said.
Ang added that aside from a clean and revived Pasig River, the dredging and cleaning will also be essential in addressing the issue of flooding in the metro. And this isn’t the first time San Miguel has cleaned up a river as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR). (Read: San Miguel Addresses Flooding In Bulacan, Plants 25,000 Mangroves)
Earlier this year, San Miguel started the P1 billion worth initiative to clean the Tullahan-Tinajeros River System to support the Manila Bay clean up and address the constant flooding issues in Bulacan and other provinces in Central Luzon. By August, the conglomerate has already removed 20,000 cubic meters of garbage from the river system within just two months.