Senate approves Philippines-Indonesia sea boundary treaty

The Senate  approved a resolution determining the sea boundary between the Philippines and Indonesia.

The resolution was approved along with the ratification of the agreement between the two countries regarding the delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) boundary.

Senate Resolution 1048 was adopted with 20 affirmative votes, no negative vote and zero abstention.

The agreement establishes the boundary line that delimits the overlapping Exclusive Economic Zone of the Philippines and Indonesia.

Senator Loren Legarda, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said the adoption of the resolution would resolve and protect the rights and well-being of Filipino vessels and fishermen arrested, detained or meted out punitive actions for fishing in Indonesia or another State’s EEZ.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to look into the plight of fishermen currently detained in Indonesia and to direct the concerned authorities to pursue the immediate resolution of their cases.

Under the agreement, the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and its Indonesian counterpart, the Geospatial Information Agency and the Hydro-Oceanographic Office of the Indonesian Navy shall work together to determine the actual delineation of the sea points and geodetic lines between the two countries.