MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte officially ordered the “disestablishment” of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) through Executive Order 93 released to the media on Wednesday (November 13).
Prior to the release of the EO, the authorities previously held by PRRC were already transferred to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Manila Bay Task Force.
DENR will be in charge of enforcing laws relevant to the rehabilitation of the Pasig River while the Manila Bay Task Force is mandated to “harness the Pasig River’s potential for transportation, recreation and tourism.”
Duterte first brought up the idea of dissolving the PRRC in September, saying the river is “uncleanable.”
In response, the PRRC management said it respects the President’s decision and vows to “abide by the order immediately” and to cooperate with concerned agencies for the proper turn over of functions, assets, liabilities and obligations in relation to its operations.
“Rest assured that the efforts for the rehabilitation of the Pasig River shall carry on as planned and we remain hopeful that the mandated agencies will continue the legacy of the Commission and the predecessors of the Pasig River rehabilitation program,” the agency management said in a statement issued Friday (November 15).
PRRC was established in 1999 under then President Joseph Estrada for the purpose of rehabilitating Pasig River that connects Laguna de Bay and the Manila Bay and traverses Metro Manila.
It was hounded with controversy that led to the dismissal of its former head Jose Antonio Goitia due to allegations of corruptions.
November 14, 2019OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE DISESTABLISHMENT OF THE PRRCThe Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission…Posted by Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission – PRRC on Wednesday, 13 November 2019
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