PH draws up own maritime map


Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. FILE PHOTO

A new Philippine map officially renaming maritime areas in the western part of the archipelago  the West Philippine Sea and depicting the extent of the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is awaiting the approval of Malacañang.

The map, produced by the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (Namria) and covering islands in the West Philippine Sea being claimed by China, was “still being reviewed,”  according to the Office of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr..

The map drawn was drawn up in compliance with Administrative Order No. 29 renaming the maritime areas west of the archipelago, including the Luzon Sea and the waters around, within and adjacent to the Kalayaan Island Group and Bajo de Masinloc or Scarborough Shoal, the West Philippine Sea.

Standoff with China


President Aquino issued the AO in September 2012 amid the escalating standoff with China over Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, a group of coral and rock formations in the West Philippine Sea where vessels from both countries faced each other in April 2012.

The international waterway is better known as the South China Sea.

The map was submitted to the Office of the President in the last quarter of 2012, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, who has jurisdiction over Namria, said in a phone interview.


Sovereign right

The new map would reinforce the idea that the country has an exclusive economic zone and a continental shelf covered by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), said Gilberto Asuque, foreign affairs assistant secretary for ocean concerns.

“Naming waters within our national maritime domain is a sovereign right,” Asuque said also by phone.

China has been claiming sovereignty over the disputed area, which is believed to sit atop vast reserves of oil and gas and is one of the region’s most important fishing grounds.  It straddles shipping lanes considered vital to global trade.

The Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan have contending claims over parts of the sea.

The AO provides that a copy of the order together with the official map reflecting the West Philippine Sea be deposited with the secretary general of the United Nations, and that relevant international organizations be notified “at the appropriate time.”

Asuque, however, said that the map would have no bearing on the notification and statement of claim that the government recently filed in the UN.

“Our case stands on its own,” he said.

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  • John

    It’s better we update our maps and broadcast for the world to know.
    China is already way ahead albeit the 9 DASH LINE FAIRY TALE :P
    In this case the world should know facts from China’s fables.

  • pagpapalayaw

    If PH draws her own line, she should not protest China’s line;
    If PH increases her own armed force on disputed Islands (Japan news today), she should not criticize China’s Sansha;
    If PH brings the case to UN,she should not quarrel with ASEAN for binding Code. 

    What a double standard.

    • goldilock

      Here is a list of places invaded under China politburo standard.

      1. Philippines 1990
      2. Vietnam 1979.
      3.  India  1962
      4. Tibet  1950
      5. Burma now Myanmar 1765 – 1769
      6. Korea 1627 – 1637
      7. Japan 1274 -1281.

  • truth_will_set_us_free


  • Albert Einstien

    lahikhan nyo nya DAPAT hanggang hainan at taiwan…

  • goldilock

    Japan’s new budget calls for setting up a 400-strong specialized team with 14 patrol vessels to defend remote islands against China. – bloomberg 1.29.13.

    No more extra Mooe. Yes to a bigger budget for Coast Guard and Navy. Defend all islands.

    Philippines should come up with a budget plan similar to Japan.

    • bbc

       Why ? PH can beat Japan. Why always Japan ? PH can do it best.

       Idiotic thought.

      • goldilock

         Only the idiot finds idiots.

  • bbc


    politburo only exists since 1949.

     Idiotic thought.

    • goldilock

      only the idiot finds it.

  • bbc

    PH has better chance to beat Japan.
     All PH needs is good leaders and policies.

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