By: Erwin D. Famatiga
NAMRIA Deputy Administrator (DA) and incoming member of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) Efren P. Carandang graced a media forum held in Quezon City Circle on 03 March 2023. Representatives from different Philippine print, broadcast, and digital media outlets attended the event.
DA Carandang discussed the intricacies of establishing boundaries between the continental shelf of coastal States and the international seabed. He highlighted the country's successful submission for an Extended Continental Shelf in the Philippine Rise, as well as the work of the CLCS in examining the submissions of coastal States.
DA Carandang will serve a five-year term as a member of the CLCS starting in June of this year. When asked about the significance of the Philippines' securing a seat in the CLCS, DA Carandang pointed out that "as a maritime and archipelagic state, the Philippines is fully committed to securing the global order through adherence to an international law-based regime in maritime and ocean governance, and his candidature is just one of the many state actions that the Philippines has taken to demonstrate this commitment." He acknowledged the support and commitment of the Philippine Government to his nomination.
The CLCS is one of the three international bodies that were established under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The other two are the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which presides over disputes concerning the interpretation or application of UNCLOS; and the International Seabed Authority, which manages the international seabed, or the seabed areas beyond national jurisdiction. The CLCS is composed of experts in geology, geophysics, or hydrography. It has two functions: to examine the submissions of coastal states for extended continental shelves and make recommendations thereof, and provide scientific and technical advice to coastal States, if requested, during the preparation of the submissions. [Source: "Establishing Seabed Boundaries" presentation of DA Carandang]
The media forum was organized by Digital Pinoys and the Quezon City Circle Media Forum in cooperation with InfraWatch PH. Former Kabataan Partylist representative and InfraWatch PH convenor Atty. Terry Ridon and Digital Pinoys national campaigner, Mr. Ronald Gustilo facilitated the event.
DA Carandang answers questions from the press after his presentation. —ERWIN D. FAMATIGA
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