Duterte says reviving ‘waste basin’ Pasig River ‘impossible’
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he believes that reviving Pasig River is “impossible” as it has now become the basin of Metro Manila’s waste.
In a speech before newly appointed officials in Malacanñang, Duterte said he would “remove” Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) and transfer the Pasig River’s rehabilitation efforts to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
“Maski ano. Pasig Bureau, Pasig department – department of Pasig. ‘Yang Pasig na ‘yan, hindi mo malinis ‘yan because wala naman tayong zoning,” Duterte said.
“Over the years, ang labasan ng mga factory, mga bahay, lahat, Pasig River. O how you can — you clean that? Kaya itong commission sa Pasig tanggalin ko na ito, place it under (DENR Sec. Roy) Cimatu sa DENR. (You’re) just paying people with… useless. Hindi mo malinis talaga ‘yan,” he added.
Duterte earlier transferred the chairmanship of the PRRC to DENR from the Department of Budget and Management.
Under Duterte’s executive order, the DENR secretary or his authorized representative will be the chairman of the PRRC while the chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority or his authorized representative will be the co-chair.
The PRRC was created by then-President Joseph Estrada to lead the rehabilitation efforts of the famed body of water.
Last week, Duterte also fired Jose Antonio Goitia as PRRC’s head due to alleged corruption.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.