Duterte Moves Reclamation Body Under Office of President

The Philippines’ President Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the transfer of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to the Office of the President (OP).

Under Executive Order No. 74 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Feb. 1, the transfer of PRA aims “to rationalize the approval process for reclamation projects towards an economically and environmentally sustainable resource development.”

“The PRA shall be under the control and supervision of the OP, while the power of the President to approve all reclamation projects shall be delegated to the PRA Governing Board,” the document said.

“Such delegation, however, shall not be construed as diminishing the President’s authority to modify, amend, or nullify the action of the PRA Governing Board.

It may be recalled that the PRA used to be under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The order also states that no reclamation project must be approved by the PRA without the required Area Clearance and Environmental Compliance Certificate to be issued by the DENR.

Earlier, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada approved three reclamation projects at the Manila Bay which will transform the coastal sections of Manila and Pasay into modern business districts.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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