Ang said SMC is set to embark on a “bold” attempt to clean Pasig River, with a goal of extracting 600,000 metric tons of waste yearly.
“While many believe this problem is unsolvable, I believe otherwise,” the bilyonaryo said in a Facebook post. “I am optimistic it CAN be solved.”
SMC isn’t starting from scratch, having already started on the cleanup of Tullahan River to clear floods in Valenzuela, Navotas, Malabon, Quezon City, and Bulacan.
For the Pasig River project, the company has started bringing in equipment for the cleanup drive. The long-term goal is to clear the way for its P95-billion Pasig River Expressway, an elevated toll road that will link the eastern side of Metro Manila to EDSA and Manila.
Ang thanked Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu for supporting SMC’s latest cleanup drive.
“I couldn’t ask for better partners on this journey. There is nothing we can’t do when we work together. As I always say, we will build a better future that everybody deserves and we will not settle. Sama-sama. Babangon tayo,” he said.