Dredging equipment for Tullahan-Tinajeros River System

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) President Ramon S. Ang presented to DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu the equipment that they will be entirely using to dredge the 5.25-kilometer Tullahan-Tinajeros River System in a ceremony held earlier today at the Navotas Centennial Park in Barangay Navotas West, Navotas City.

The food and beverage giant company acquired brand new backhoes, cranes, barges, tug boats, and dump trucks from Japan to help remove silt and sediments in the waterway, fulfilling its pledge made to the DENR under its Adopt-an-Estero Program.

Adopt-an-Estero program is a priority initiative of the DENR to involve the private sector in the rehabilitation and care of rivers and esteros. SMC signed a memorandum of agreement in 2019 adopting Tullahan-Tinajeros River System.

The Tullahan-Tinajeros River System is merely a part of the downstream of the Malabon-Navotas-Tullahan-Tinajeros (MANATUTI) River System, one of the three major river systems of Metro Manila that drains to Manila Bay.

MANATUTI stretches 36.4 kilometers long from its headwaters at the La Mesa Dam in Quezon City down to its mouth to Manila Bay in Navotas City. In between, the river system passes through the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, and Valenzuela.

Sec. Cimatu is hopeful that other business entities would follow the lead of SMC and volunteer to adopt the midstream and upstream portions of MANATUTI as well in keeping with the spirit of #MANILABAYanihan.

SMC for its part assured Sec. Cimatu that it would sustain its dredging activity. "Makakaasa po kayo na hindi lang one-time po gagawin natin to, pati maintenance yearly" Ang said.

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