SAN MIGUEL Corp. (SMC) will increase the solid waste extraction capacity of its Tullahan River cleanup project to 5,000 metric tons (MT) through the procurement of additional equipment by December.    

SMC President Ramon S. Ang said the company will acquire six sets of new equipment for the extraction work.    

“By Dec. 1, we’re aiming to double our extraction capacity from the current 2,300 to 2,500 MT per day, to 5,000 MT per day,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.    

“In just over a year, we’ve made significant progress with our Tullahan River cleanup project. Recently, we reached an important milestone: 414,000 MT of solid wastes removed from the river, as of the Sept. 11,” he added.    

Mr. Ang said the company’s river cleanup teams continued to dredge the 27-kilometer tributary in anticipation of the typhoons that will bring heavy rains and floods.    

According to SMC, the 414,000 MT of solid waste removed to date came from the project’s sectors 4 and 5 in Malabon and Valenzuela, which is part of the initial 11.5-kilometer coverage from the mouth of Manila Bay in Navotas to Valenzuela. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave