Congress urges Palace to pour out P100M for Benham research
Lawmakers have recently approved a resolution that calls on Malacañang to shell out P100 million more to improve the country’s scientific research on the Benham Rise.
In a unanimous vote, according to a news report on Friday, the House of Representatives approved House Resolution 1636. The move pushes for the creation of a trust fund, initially with a P100 million deposit, to be allocated for marine exploration activities at the eastern seaboard as well as for increasing the acquisition of new research equipment for that purpose.
The resolution cited the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) which allows the Philippines to exercise sovereign rights over its exclusive economic zone.
The decision came days after President Rodrigo Duterte called on a halt on all foreign maritime research on the 13-million hectare underwater plateau, aiming to quell growing criticisms when it allowed China last month to conduct a study on the Philippine Rise.