LEFT: Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. introduces the Philippine candidate to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) 2023-2028, Deputy Administrator Efren A. Carandang of National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), at a diplomatic reception Secretary Locsin hosted at the Delegates Dining Room of the United Nations Headquarters on 17 May 2022. (Photo Credit: New York PM)
RIGHT: Deputy Administrator Efren A. Carandang of the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippine candidate to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) 2023-2028, addresses the diplomatic corps in New York. (Photo Credit: New York PM)
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 19 May 2022 – Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin. Jr. introduced the Philippine candidate to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf 2023-2028, or CLCS, Deputy Administrator Efren A. Carandang of the country’s National Mapping and Resource Information Authority, or NAMRIA, at a diplomatic reception held at the Delegates Dining Room of the United Nations Headquarters on 17 May 2022.
The CLCS is a body of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) tasked to examine and make recommendations on the coastal states’ submissions for extended continental shelves. The outer limits established through this process become the fixed boundaries between the seabed areas within national jurisdictions and the international seabed areas, which are reserved for common heritage.
Many coastal states will benefit directly from the mineral resources on the extended continental shelf, which was established by the Commission. They will benefit from their respective shares of the proceeds derived from the exploration and exploitation of resources in the international seabed area.
Being one of the coastal states, the Philippines also stands to gain from these resources. As an archipelagic state, the Philippines submitted its nomination to the CLCS for the upcoming term, 2023 to 2028, in order to make significant contributions to the increased efficiency of the Commission.
In his remarks, Deputy Administrator Carandang highlighted the successful engagement of the Philippines with the Commission when he and his team made the Benham Rise submission back in 2009 (now officially called the Philippine Rise).
“It was a very productive seven month-engagement with the Commission, wherein my team and I made oral presentations and submitted 18 written responses to the queries of CLCS members,” he said.
In his keynote message, Secretary Locsin vouched strongly for Deputy Administrator Carandang, saying, “Efren is the Philippines’ foremost authority on the technical intricacies of the law of the sea, which is to say that he is one of the very best in the world.” The Secretary further stressed that in addition to his technical and management expertise that would help the CLCS processes, it will be the first time for the Philippines to become a member of the Commission.
Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations, stated that “the Philippine candidature to the CLCS is a demonstration of our consistent adherence to international law-based regime in maritime governance and the peaceful use of the world’s seas and oceans.” He added that the Philippines is one of the framers and original signatories of UNCLOS, and since joining the Convention, the Philippines has demonstrated its commitment through the manner by which it conducts its maritime and ocean affairs.
Deputy Administrator Carandang has served NAMRIA and its precursor agency for 38 years. He leads two technical branches: the Hydrography Branch, and the Mapping and Geodesy Branch. He has extensive experience in hydrography and its ramifications in international maritime law. He was also part of the Philippine delegation that has successfully submitted the relevant charts/coordinates of the outer limits of the Philippines' continental shelf with the International Seabed Authority (ISA).
The Philippines launched its candidature to the CLCS in October 2021. The elections will be held at the 32nd Conference of States Parties to UNCLOS in New York on 13-17 June 2022. END
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Ambassador and Permanent Representative Enrique A. Manalo welcomes guests and introduces NAMRIA Deputy Administrator Efren A. Carandang (Photo Credit: New York PM).
DFA Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr (second from left) and NAMRIA DA Efren A. Carandang (third from left) are joined by the diplomatic corps during the reception for DA Carandang as PH expert and candidate to the CLCS for the term 2023-2028 (Photo Credit: New York PM).
Members of the diplomatic corps in New York attending the reception for DA Carandang as PH expert and candidate to the CLCS for the term 2023-2028 at the Delegates Dining Room of the UNHQ (Photo Credit: New York PM).
Chief Coordinator and UNIO Assistant Secretary Kira Danganan-Azucena (third from left) and NYPM Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative Ariel R. Penaranda (leftmost) engage Ambassadors and Deputy Permanent Representatives of various Missions to the United Nations (Photo Credit: New York PM).
Guests attending the reception for DA Carandang as PH expert and candidate to the CLCS enjoying the golden hour and the Long Island City skyline (Photo Credit: New York PM).