President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Executive Order 93, which abolishes the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) and transfers the body’s mandate to other agencies.
The order reads, “[T]here is a 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.”
The core duties of the agency has now been delegated to the Manila Bay Task Force, which will now spearhead the Pasig River Rehabilitation Plan. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will now be responsible for the enforcement of easements stipulated under the Civil Code and other relevant laws.
The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development is asked to speed up relocation efforts for informal settlers, while the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways have been tasked to remove unwanted structures along the river.
The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRCC) has recently been engulfed in a controversy with President Duterte dismissing its former chief Jose Antonio Goitia following corruption allegations.
The PRRC is commemorating its 20th year in service this year after being created under former President Joseph Estrada’s administration in 1999.
Material: ABS-CBN News