ENVIRONMENT Secretary Roy Cimatu has welcomed President Duterte’s order transferring the chairmanship in the rehabilitation of Pasig River to his Department.
President Duterte recently issued Executive Order (EO) No. 90 transferring the chairmanship of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) to the DENR, citing the need for “close coordination and oversight” of cleanup efforts and rehabilitation of major waterways in Metro Manila, given that the DENR heads the MBTF.
Cimatu said the presidential directive would help ensure timely and effective implementation of various initiatives for the rehabilitation of the heavily- polluted Manila Bay.
“We are thankful to the President for trusting us once again with the responsibility of cleaning up Pasig River. Indeed, this is timely for our goal in rehabilitating Manila Bay,” the DENR chief said.
Pasig River is the water body that connects Laguna Lake and Manila Bay, making it an important part of the rehabilitation of the historic bay.
Cimatu also chairs the inter-agency Manila Bay Task Force (MBTF) in charge of restoring the historic bay to its former glory.
He assured the President and the public that the DENR will do its best to rehabilitate Pasig River as part of its mandate to protect, conserve and sustainably manage the environment.