“At anchor at Benham Bank 50-m and 2-knot currents. Trying drop cam to take a peek at bottom. All okay. A few seasick. Good weather!” said a Twitter account by a team of Scientist trying to explore the newly awarded territories as part of Philippines.
A team of scientist left Manila last Saturday, May 3 boarding a Philippine research vessel (M/V Department of Agriculture-BFAR) will explore Benham Rise, a 13-million hectare area off the coast of Aurora larger than Luzon. Led by Dr. Hildie Nacorda of University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute, the team will explore the region to gather baseline data for further exploration of potential oil, gas, and other natural resource.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources claims that this newly recognize Philippine territory is oil-rich that will supply energy not only for the country but also to other countries for export. “We own Benham Rise now. This is for future Filipnos,” said Environment Secretary Ramon.