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The RBCO, as lead government agency, shall specifically execute the following power and function.
1. Rationalize and integrate all national plans, projects and programs within the country's river catchments basins, with the authority to serve as the oversight office of all various government agenciesand corporations with relevant and related river basin initiatives, projects and programs, such as, but not limited to, river basin infrastructure development, flood control, environmental protection and integrated water resources management.
To this end, such government agencies and corporations shall coordinate their planned and ongoing river basin initiatives with RBCO, to which the RBCO shall review and endorse approval and funding from the national budget thereof as may provided under existing laws, rules and regulations;
2. Harmonize all relevant national river basin policies and formulate new policies and create enabling policy environment that shall allow effective and efficient management and governance of the country's river basins. To this end, all national government agencies and corporation shall consult with the RBCO in such planning and implementation , and have the RBCO as ex-officio member in the policy steering or project implementing boards as may be created therefore;
3. Serve as the national policy coordination office for local government units and non - government organization in the development and sustainability of all river and catchment basin initiatives;
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Executive Order No. 510 dated March 5, 2006 mandates the River Control Office under the DENR to rationalize various river basin projects such as, but not limited to the following; The Pasig River Rehabilitation, KAMANAVA flood control, Agno River and Allied River Basin Flood Control,
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The Constitution mandates the State to protect and promote the conservation and wise use of the country's natural resources to achieve social development, economic progress and ecological stability;
The medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTDP) of the government and the formulation of a comprehensive development plan for the water resources of the country;
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The department, bereaus, office, agencies or instrumentalities, inlcluding government - owned or controlled corporations, are directed to extend such assistance and cooperation as the RBCO may need in the discharge of its function pursuant to Executive Order No. 816