By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu is hoping that more private companies will join the government in its environmental initiatives.
He cited a joint undertaking by the DENR and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) that launched the ₱1 billion Tullahan-Tinajeros dredging project last Feb. 24.
The project involves the dredging of a 5.25-kilometer portion of the Tullahan-Tinajeros River System from Barangay Catmon in Malabon City to Barangay Bagumbayan South in Navotas City.
Cimatu said the dredging project is a “perfect example of collaboration between the government and private sector.”
“More than the fact that we cannot do it alone, this commitment of (SMC) to help us in this enormous task magnifies the importance of shared responsibility. As we are all part of the problem, one way or another, we can all be part of the solution,” he added.
The DENR chief hoped the partnership would inspire other private firms to include in their corporate social responsibility the cleanup of waterways.
He also noted that the partnership is critical to the rehabilitation of Manila Bay, which will allow the government to have “an easier task of cleaning Manila Bay.”
“Also by doing so, we will help prevent flooding. That is hitting three birds with one stone,” he said.
The 59.24-km river system—which starts from La Mesa Dam in Quezon City, passes through the cities of Valenzuela and Malabon, and drains into the Manila Bay at the Navotas Centennial Park—is the longest of all rivers that bring polluted water to the bay.