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The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission was a state commission in charge of the rehabilitation of the Pasig River. The commission served for 20 years, from 1999 until its dissolution by President Rodrigo Duterte in November 2019. The body's powers and functions were transferred to the Manila Bay Task Force and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The commission was created on January 6, 1999 through Executive Order No. 54 to strengthen the government's program to rehabilitate the river for transportation, recreation and tourism purposes. Its powers and functions, according to the executive order, were to:
Executive Order No. 54 also abolished the Pasig River Development Council, the Presidential Task Force on Pasig River Rehabilitation and the River Rehabilitation Secretariat, whose functions were transferred to the commission.
On January 19, thirteen days after Executive Order No. 54 was signed, an amendment was inserted giving private companies a license to coordinate with the commission concerning the rehabilitation program.
In March 2008, ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission signed a memorandum of agreement to co-manage the rehabilitation of Pasig River and its tributaries.
In October 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte called on Congress to abolish the commission. This was after he transferred the chairmanship of the agency from the Department of Budget and Management to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and fired its executive director allegedly due to graft and corruption. The commission, earlier in May, was cited by the Commission on Audit for having low accomplishment rates in 2018 despite using up 96% of its budget.
In November 2019, through Executive Order No. 93, Duterte abolished the commission and transferred its powers and 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.
The commission had its headquarters in Quezon City. It was headed by the Secretary of Budget and Management as its chairperson until 2019 when it was transferred to the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources. The chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority served as co-chairman. The commission was composed of the:
The day-to-day operations of the commission was handled by the executive director who in turn was assisted by two deputy executive directors. The executive director was also the head of the Project Management Office.