In April 2012, the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf has adopted in full the Republic of the Philippines' Submission for an Extended Continental Shelf in the Benham Rise Region. (Source: National Mapping and Resource Information Agency)
Marine scientist Cesar Villanoy, the leader of the Benham Rise Program said in an interview on Solar News that they were "seeing things that no other human has ever seen before." They were the first to explore the undersea plateau believed to be a rich source of natural gas.
Extensive exploration of the site is expected to be very expensive. Our local resources are not equipped with the appropriate technology to conduct research in the new territory. The Philippine government will have to find means to propel the research program forward.
For now, we can sit back, relax and revel in this blessing that we have a new territory with the potential of uplifiting our economy.
Benham Rise, Philippines. Officially ours. Officially Filipino.
National Mapping and Resource Information Agency (NAMRIA) - http://www.namria.gov.ph/benham.aspx