SMC doubling up Tullahan River cleanup

    Heavy equipment work on widening a portion of the Tullahan River from the Tinajeros Bridge to Potrero in Malabon and Valenzuela cities.

    San Miguel Corp. is on track to more than double its daily dredging of silt and trash for its P1-billion Tullahan-Tinajeros river system cleanup project from 600 metric tons (MT) per day to 1,500 MT per day for the 11.5-kilometer (km) stretch it is working on.

    This covers the initial sections 1-3 of the project from the mouth of the Manila Bay in Navotas City to Tinajeros Bridge, and sections 4-5 from Tinajeros Bridge to Potrero in Malabon and Valenzuela cities. SMC’s five-year project covers the entire 27-km length of the Tullahan-Tinajeros river system.

    SMC is also advancing the start of dredging at the tributary’s Malabon and Valenzuela sections, to boost government’s flood mitigation efforts before the rainy season sets in.

    From 1,000 MT per day last March, monthly now averages averaging 1,200 MT and  will gradually increase to 1,500 MT. With the arrival of new, additional dredging equipment, SMC will also start dredging Sectors 4 and 5 where heavier flooding was experienced during heavy typhoons last November 2020.

    As of April 13 this year,  a total of 168,004 MT of silt and solid waste had been removed from the river.