Pres. Duterte believes Pasig River would not be clean yet

Pres. Duterte believes Pasig River would not be clean yet

- President Rodrigo Duterte doubts if Pasig River would be clean again anytime soon

- He said that it would be difficult because there is no zoning

- Duterte also mentioned that many factories and households dump their waste into the river

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President Rodrigo Duterte said that Pasig River could no longer be cleaned due to different circumstances.

KAMI learned that for President Duterte, the river would be difficult to clean because there is no zoning yet.

In a report by GMA News (author Lira Fernandez), the President said that there have been factories and households dumping their wastes into Pasig River.

“‘Yang Pasig na ‘yan, hindi mo malinis ‘yan because wala naman tayong zoning. Panahon pa ni Rizal, ang poo ng mga Espanyol noon, diyan sa Pasig pumupunta,” Duterte said during his speech.

“Over the years, ang labasan ng mga factory, mga bahay, lahat, Pasig River. O how you can clean that? Unless you build new cities outside at mag-migrate and there’s a lessening of you know, people here, maybe you can start. But you can start with the factories. They are all chemicals there,” he added.

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As reported by the Inquirer (author Julie Aurelio), President Duterte said that he is planning to remove the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC).

Duterte would like to transfer the rehabilitation to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) headed by Secretary Roy Cimatu.

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In a previous report by KAMI, President Duterte appointed Gerald Bantag as the new director-general of Bureau of Corrections.

The PRRC was created by former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada in January 1998. Its main goal was to rehabilitate the 27-kilometer Pasig River.

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