PRRC corrects misleading article on waterways rehab projects
PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio E. Goitia said that the article was "erroneous, deceptive and offensive" as it may lead the reading public to think that around Php 107.57 million was spent in 2018 for the rehabilitation and development of six waterways located in the cities of Manila and San Juan and now left uncompleted by the Commission. “The truth of the matter was that as of December 2018, only Php 29.63 million was spent for the rehabilitation of the San Juan River and five other esteros in Manila as these are still on-going,” emphasized Goitia. Goitia added that the Commission has been strict in monitoring the progress of its rehabilitation projects, and that the delay was caused by factors beyond the control of PRRC. “As early as 2016, PRRC already resettled informal settler families and dismantled illegal structures occupying the legal easements of Estero de Magdalena to pave way for the construction of a linear park development project. As soon as we finished the relocation and easement recovery, the linear park project was put up for bidding and awarded according to procurement laws. However, during the last quarter of 2017, the barangay officials in the area allowed families who were left homeless by a fire incident in Manila to occupy the already recovered easements of Estero de Magdalena,” explained Goitia. The families have been demanding for relocation houses from PRRC for them to leave Estero de Magdalena, and PRRC is already in coordination with other agencies such as the National Housing Authority to address the problem.