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Duterte abolishes Pasig River agency

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has officially abolished the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC).

Executive Order (EO) 93, signed by Duterte last November 8, orders the “disestablishment of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission.”

EO 93 underscores the need to “consolidate ongoing rehabilitation efforts in all river systems and tributaries within the Manila Bay Region and streamline rehabilitation functions by transferring them to agencies with relevant core mandates.”

It also directs the transfer of PRRC’s functions to the Manila Bay Task Force, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, the Metro Manila Development Authority, and the Department of Public Works and Highways.

“The Manila Bay Task Force under AO No. 16 shall update and take the lead in the overall implementation of the Pasig River rehabilitation Master Plan, which shall harness the Pasig River’s potential for transportation, recreation, and tourism purposes while undertaking the rehabilitation and restoration of its marine life,” read a portion of the Order.

Meanwhile, the Department of Budget and Management is ordered to supervise the winding up of the operations of the PRRC, as well as the final disposition or transfer of its functions, obligations, assets and liabilities, and the separation or transfer of its personnel “within 60 days” from the EO 93’s effectivity.

The Order will take effect after publication in the Office Gazette or a newspaper of general circulation.

Last September, Duterte fired then PRRC head Jose Antonio Goitia over corruption allegations.

 

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