SMC taps workforce to help protect last old-growth mangrove forest in Metro Manila

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) — San Miguel Corporation has called on its workforce to join efforts to clean up and protect Isla Pulo, where the old-growth mangrove forest in Metro Manila is found.

"Volunteers have so far collected 3,803 sacks of garbage from the mangrove area, which also serves as a natural barrier that protects nearby cities from storm surges and coastline erosion," said a statement from the conglomerate Sunday.

The project is being conducted jointly with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the local government of Navotas. According to the statement, apart from employees, other volunteers include residents from Barangay Tanza 1 and personnel from the Philippine National Police in Navotas, among others.

The project complements the clean-up efforts on the Tullahan-Tinajeros river system

SMC shoulders all costs for supplies, protective gear, and meals for all volunteers. It also coordinates and organizes all volunteers from communities and various agencies and offices involved.