San Miguel Corp. starts 'massive' mangrove tree planting to solve flooding in Bulacan

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San Miguel Corporation said Wednesday it has begun a project to plant thousands of mangroves in a coastal area in Hagonoy, Bulacan. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 29) — San Miguel Corporation said Wednesday it has begun a project to plant thousands of mangroves in a coastal area in Hagonoy, Bulacan.

The diversified conglomerate said an initial 8,000 mangrove seedlings were planted in an area of three hectares.

The plan is to plant 25,000 mangroves on ten hectares in Barangay Tibaguin, Hagonoy and 190,000 mangroves in 76 hectares in total in Bulacan and Central Luzon, SMC said in a statement.

The project comes ahead of its construction on an envisioned world-class international airport in Bulacan.

"It’s all part of the airport development master plan," said SMC President and COO Ramon Ang. "We will not be investing over ₱700 billion if flooding and environmental concerns are not addressed."

The company also has a ₱1-billion plan to clean up the Tullahan-Tinajeros River system, San Miguel added.