Philippine purchase ship for scientific investigation, exploration of natural resources in the Philippine Rise
MANILA — Malacanang on Tuesday disclosed the government’s strategy to buy far more marine vessels that could be utilised for scientific research and exploration of all-natural resources in the Philippine Rise.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque mentioned President Rodrigo Duterte had discussed with his Cabinet members the need to have to invest in maritime survey ships during last Monday’s cabinet meeting.
“The President and the Cabinet noted that we ought to invest in maritime survey ships so that we could better assess the sources that we can exploit in the Philippine Rise,” Roque stated in the course of Palace briefing.
Roque stated the initial program was to use Malampaya funds to get the maritime investigation vessels.
“But it was noted that there may possibly be legal questions simply because the Malampaya funds could be utilized for power connected projects,” he explained.
He said Division of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has assured the government has funds to purchase marine survey ships “even if we do not have to use Malampaya funds.”
“So the government will acquire a lot more investigation vessels,” Roque mentioned.
Roque mentioned Duterte has issued directive emphasizing the Filipino national’s sovereign rights in the “undisputed” Philippine Rise.
“Exploration for natural sources, conduct of scientific analysis, laying of submarine cables and building of artificial islands in the Philippine Rise are reserved for Philippine nationals,” Roque said.
During last month’s Cabinet meeting, Duterte ordered to cease all marine researches and explorations by foreign scientists in the Philippine Rise situated east of Luzon.
Amongst foreign nations that have previously conducted research in Philippine Rise include the United States, China, Japan, Korea and Germany.