Toby Tiangco welcomes dredging of Tullahan-Tinajeros River


Mayor Toby Tiangco is grateful to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and San Miguel Corp. for starting a sustainable dredging program.

“We need to have a sustainable dredging program to ensure that the success we will achieve through this will last for a long time and benefit future generations,” he said in his speech Monday, February 24, during the official launch of the dredging of Tullahan-Tinajeros river system.

The dredging of the 36.4-kilometer Tullahan-Tinajeros river system is part of the ongoing campaign to clean up and restore the marine ecosystem of Manila Bay. The river system extends from La Mesa Dam in Quezon City to the Centennial Park in Navotas.

SMC will undertake the project in partnership with the DENR. Both SMC President and Chief Operating Officer, Ramon S. Ang, and DENR Secretary, Roy A. Cimatu led the launching.

Tiangco said silts and sediments, as well as garbage, continue to accumulate at the bottom of rivers and other bodies of water but are not removed regularly.

“Previously, budgetary constraints hamper dredging efforts. This is why the partnership between DENR and San Miguel Corp, which has pledged P1 billion for this project, is a welcome development,” he added.