The New Territory: Benham Rise, Philippines

The New Territory: Benham Rise, Philippines

A claim for a territory has finally won by the Philippines for the first time. It was named after the American geologist Andrew Benham who discovered it. Benham Plateau better known as Benham Rise is a 13 million hectare land located east of Luzon, and comparatively wider than Luzon, Samar and Leyte combined.

The plateau is 200 nautical miles away from the Philippines (making PH the nearest country from Benham), it was not included in the 30 million hectare territory of the country before. After officially filing a full territorial waters claim in April 2009, United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (UNCLOS) finally made it part of the Philippines last April 2012.

Certain research procedures were done by DENR for the past 4-5 years in Benham discovering its potential to have massive mineral and gas deposits. An exploration was also conducted by a Filipino team recently with 28 members including researchers, scientists, and divers from May 3 to May 18.  The government (particularly PCAARRD, an attached agency of DOST) has also funded a program called, “Exploration, Mapping and Assessment of Deep Water Areas” to learn better about the country’s newest part of the territory and how it should manage.

Experts from Korea and Japan expressed keen interest in partnering with the Philippines in exploring Benham Rise, saying that it will be beneficial to them as they will be able to know and understand better their areas that are prone to earthquake and earth’s tectonic plates. The said partnership was confirmed by DOST last February 22, 2016.

The territorial victory seems like a good way of diverting the frustrations of the Philippines when it comes to issues with the controversial Scarborough Shoal which is claimed by China.

Comments

  1. IBEBENTA NA NAMAN NG LP YAN.. ASAHAN NYO NA.. DELIKADO PAG CLA HUMAWAK SA POSISYON!!!

  2. Maraming magsundalo sa atin kung pantay pantay ang trato nila Mahirap man o mayaman.

  3. 113 million hectare ayon sa bfar.

  4. Wlang makakaagaw sating teritoryo kung lahat tau my pakialam . .
    Fight for wat we have.

  5. Deploy na maraming coast guard at phil. Navy sa Dinapigue at Maconacon Isabela including Dilasag Aurora para mabantayan.

  6. Need n tlga ntin ng nuclear power plant

  7. Wala na mongoloid island na ang parte ng pilipinas….

  8. pamamahayan lang yan ng nga buwaya ..

  9. dapat maglagay n ng bantay sa aurora diyan lng ang daan paponta dyan

  10. Alagaan at bantayan po yan.

  11. Maging wise narin sna ang mga pilipino

  12. Leta protect it from chinese and taiwnese poachers

  13. kalokka baka naibenta na ng mga aquino cojuanco yan tapos ilalagay sa mga libro si marcos ang nagbenta ,ganyang ganya sa pilipinas

  14. Pag nakita ng china yan aangkinin na naman nila hahaha

  15. naibenta na ni ninoy sa china yn.

  16. dati na yan,corrupt lng inuuna ang governo natin nyayon kinuha na sa china nakialam nah!..

  17. Those methane hydrates are hard to mine. They turn from solid directly to air. The cost to mine them exceeds the cost in selling them.

  18. kaya pala todo ang pagtatanggol ng US sa atin ..

  19. hahaha pag sinimulan yan… WW3 yan..
    buong pinas n nga inaangkin ng china eh… LOL

  20. After middle east,our country might be d biggest supplier/exporter ng fuel,kya pinag-aagawan na tau ng superpowers,bka when that time comes wla maghihirap na pilipino,basta wag lng tau magpapaloko sa mga mamuno sa ating bansa.

  21. Japan is interested for a joint venture,nasa tapat ng palanan bay in isabela ang benham rise,its also abundant with marine products.

  22. Dapat joint venture/exploration habang wala pa tayong kakayahan na i tap ang resources dyan gaya ng ginawa ng Brunei. Up to now may ka joint venture sila pero mayaman ang Brunei.

  23. The depth is more or less 350 mtrs,

  24. I think it was japan who discoved the vast deposit,that area stil belongs to our country, us,japan,r interested to explore.

  25. Bantayan na yan para walang makialam!!!,,

  26. Start arming. Countrys will be salivating for it

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