Duterte abolishes Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the abolition of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission.

In an executive order signed on Nov. 8, Duterte said the “disestablishment” of the commission was to “consolidate ongoing rehabilitation efforts in all river systems and tributaries within the Manila Bay region.”

The President instead ordered the transfer of the PRRC functions to the Manila Bay Task Force, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Duterte ordered the Manila Bay task force to take the lead in the implementation of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Master Plan which aims to “harness the Pasig River’s potential for transportation, recreation and tourism purposes while undertaking the rehabilitation and restoration of its marine life.”

Earlier, Duterte revealed his plan to abolish the PRRC, saying the Pasig River was “uncleanable.”

This was after he dismissed PRRC executive director Antonio Goitia for alleged corruption.