[talk-ph] Admin Boundary and Coastline

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Fri May 20 05:38:20 BST 2011


On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 12:15 PM, maning sambale
<emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 11:50 AM, Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Murlwe,
>>
>> I don't think that municipal/provincial waters should be clamped to
>> the national waters.
>>
>> According to the UNCLOS, national waters are those that are within 12
>> nautical miles (about 22km) from the coastline. According to the
>> Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998, municipal waters are within 15
>> kilometers of the coastline. In addition, there is yet no rule on how
>> to deal with overlapping municipal waters.
>
> According to the Fisheries Code:
> Where two (2) municipalities are so situated on opposite shores that
> there is less than thirty (30) kilometers of marine waters between
> them, the third line shall be equally distant from the opposite shore
> of the respective municipalities.

Let me clarify, there's a problem with the Fisheries Code's conflict
resolution in that it disadvantages municipalities that have offshore
islands. This research paper provides a very nice detailed description
of the problem including illustrations and
examples:http://www.scribd.com/doc/4938593/Archipelagic-Principle-Towards-Charting-of-the-Municipal-Waters



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