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SMC supports Pampanga River desilting project

DESILTING. Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Chairman Ramon Ang sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the Pampanga River Desilting Project on Monday, Oct 16. Also with them during the MOA signing are officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other chief executives from Bataan, Navotas, and Cavite.

MANILA — The San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has signified support to the desilting of the downstream section of the Pampanga River through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the province of Pampanga, chief executives from Bataan, Navotas, and Cavite and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The MOA is for the Adopt a River Program, as part of the corporate social responsibility of SMC led by chairman Atong Ang.

Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda lauded the initiatives of Ang, citing the recurring issue of flooding that has long been a concern for many Kapampangans, particularly those living in areas adjacent to the Pampanga River. 

Hirap na hirap pong lumabas yung tubig coming from the municipalities dahil silted po yung Pampanga river natin. Ang solusyon po talaga is malinis at madesilt po ito,” the governor said.

The governor added that this initiative will also play a vital role in assisting the National Government in effectively addressing the long-standing flooding problem in Pampanga.

According to Ang, this initiative not only highlights SMC’s commitment to nation-building but also showcases their dedication to environmental stewardship and the preservation of the country’s rivers, which have suffered from pollution and neglect due to human activities.

“In one decisive move, we will clean up the Pampanga River. San Miguel is doing this as a public service at no cost to the Philippine government or taxpayers. This initiative demonstrates our commitment to nation-building and making a positive impact on people’s lives,” Ang said.

The DPWH has also pledged its support for the program by utilizing its flood control programs and prioritizing desilting in bodies of water that require immediate attention.

Reports have it that the project is set to begin in 2024, pending the submission of the DPWH’s engineering design and the necessary permits being approved.

The “Adopt a River Program” encourages government agencies, private sectors, communities, and organizations to take responsibility for the preservation of bodies of water in order to protect aquatic ecosystems.