The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) was abolished by President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a document released on Thursday by Malacañang.
Signed on November 8, Executive Order 93 directed the PRRC’s “dis-establishment” and transfer to other agencies of the body’s tasks.
Under the EO, the Manila Bay Task Force will now be responsible for the overall implementation of the Pasig River Master Plan for Rehabilitation, which aims to exploit the potential of the river for transport, recreation, and tourism purposes while undertaking the rehabilitation and restoration of its marine life.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is responsible for ensuring enforcement of the easements provided for in the Civil Code and other applicable laws, particularly in estuaries and waterways that drain into the Pasig River, as well as reducing the dumping of untreated industrial wastewater and sewerage into the river.
Duterte also ordered the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development to accelerate the relocation of informal settlers along the banks of the Pasig River and other unauthorized occupants.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways were ordered to ensure that all structures, buildings and other encroachments built or constructed along the Pasig River in violation of the 1992 Urban Development and Housing Act (Republic Act 7279) were demolished and removed.
Within 60 days of the EO’s implementation, the Budget and Management Department will supervise, in consultation with DENR and MMDA, the termination of the PRRC’s activities and the final disposal or transfer of its duties, responsibilities, assets, and liabilities, as well as the separation or transfer of its employees.
The PRRC was created through an executive order by then-President Joseph Estrada in 1999. The inter-agency body was set up to ensure that the waterway was restored to its historically pristine state and was conducive to transportation, recreation, and tourism.
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