Maritime pact renewed

September 22, 2019

THE Philippines and Indonesia revived after three years a key bilateral mechanism on maritime and ocean concerns during the 10th Meeting of the Joint Permanent Working Group on Maritime and Ocean Concerns (JPWG-MOC) in Yogyakarta from September 19-21.

The seven-member Philippine delegation was led by DFA Maritime and Ocean Affairs Assistant Secretary Generoso D.G. Calonge, while roughly a 30-member Indonesian delegation was led by Mr. Bebeb A.K.N Djundjunan, Director for Legal Affairs and Territorial Treaties of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The JPWG-MOC, which reports to the more senior Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation, was established to serve as the primary forum between the Philippines and Indonesia for exchanges of views on maritime issues of mutual interest.

Maritime cooperation between Jakarta and Manila was boosted by the entry into force of the 2014 Agreement on EEZ Delimitation through an exchange of instruments of ratification by Foreign Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Bangkok on  August 1.

During the meeting, the Philippine and Indonesian delegations discussed post-EEZ boundary delimitation issues, the joint co-production of navigational charts.