SMC eyes to remove 50,000 tons of waste from Pasig River monthly

San Miguel Corporation (SMC)’s Ramon Ang has announced that works to help rehabilitate Pasig River will begin in April.

Ang said SMC will team up with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and other government agencies for the removal of “50,000 tons of waste from the river every month, or 600,000 tons per year for the next five years.”

“That’s 3 million tons in all! With this, we hope to be able to restore the river’s optimal depth and its natural flow. But for this to work, we will need everyone to do their part. I am confident that together we can change the world for the better,” Ang said.

According to SMC, the Pasig River rehabilitation is part of P95.40 billion plan to build the Pasig River Expressway (PAREX) that is currently under government review.

Ang said apart from the construction of the 19.40-kilometer, six-lane elevated expressway along the Pasig river banks, SMC will dredge the river debris and garbage to attain its optimum depth and ensure the constant flow of water.