UP RI participates in celebration of Philippine Rise anniversary

In the first year anniversary of the renaming of the Philippine Rise from Benham rise, military, government officials, and different research agencies, together with the President of the Philippines, went to the Philippine Rise in order to send off the marine science research vessel BRP Gregorio Velasquez, and deploy buoys that will serve as additional markers for the underwater plateau.

UP Resilience Institute was given the privilege to participate and send representatives to this significant event.

Capt. Juancho MaraƱo (5th from the left) and the Philippine Coast Guard representatives with the UP Resilience Institute representatives.
(Standing from left to right) PCAARRD Representative Dr. Melvin B. Carlos, UP MSI Professor Dr. Gil S. Jacinto, and UPLB Chancellor Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez Jr with the UP Resilient Institute representatives

The event, which was from May 15 -17, served as a commemoration of the first year that it was renamed to Philippine Rise from Benham Rise. In the said event, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated that "We are not giving our rights..." As such, for the representatives of UP RI, the event showed to them, not only the government's commitment to the sovereignty of its territory, but also witness the launching of further marine science research in the area.

UP Resilience Institute, along with some of the leading scientists from UP, participated in commemorating the first year anniversary of Executive Order No. 25 or remaining the "Benham Rise" to "Philippine Rise" held in Casiguran Bay, Aurora.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte giving his opening message during the all-Filipino Maritime Expedition and Oceanic Buoy Casting at the Philippine Rise.