NAVOTAS City Mayor Toby Tiangco thanked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and San Miguel Corp. for the start of 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 during the official launch of the dredging of Tullahan-Tinajeros river system Monday afternoon.
The mayor noted that 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.
Tiangco also ordered all barangay executives to strictly implement the city’s anti-littering ordinance.
“Dredging efforts are futile if we allow residents to continue practicing improper waste disposal. Discipline and strict implementation are also key to achieving success in our campaign to clean up our water bodies,” he stressed.
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 President and Chief Operating Officer, Ramon S. Ang, DENR Secretary, Roy A. Cimatu, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim and DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda led the launching attended by other city and government officials.