Isko Moreno to push for immediate exploration of Liguasan Marsh, if elected

If elected, the Manila mayor would prioritize the event of the nation’s largest wetland for energy stability in Mindanao

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines – Presidential candidate and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno would prioritize the exploration and improvement of Liguasan Marsh as a supply of electrical energy for Mindanao, he mentioned, as he began campaigning in Lanao del Norte on Wednesday, March 30.

“The Liguasan Marsh is composed of so many natural gas and possible oil so nagpapatunay talaga na ang Mindanao ay maaaring magligtas sa ating bansa (which proves that Mindanao could save our country),” mentioned Moreno throughout a media interview in Iligan Metropolis earlier than embarking on a motorcade.

Isko Moreno to push for immediate exploration of Liguasan Marsh, if elected

The rising price of electrical energy and oil has been amongst Moreno’s fixed speaking factors on the marketing campaign path. One of his first guarantees was to halve electrical energy and energy taxes if he turns into president.

“ASAP (As soon as possible) for exploration,” Moreno instructed Rappler when requested about his timeline for growing Liguasan Marsh, the largest wetland within the nation overlaying 220,000 hectares and encompassing components of Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat in Central Mindanao.

The Manila Mayor mentioned he would abide by regardless of the Bangsamoro authorities and nationwide authorities have agreed on, pertaining to the administration of the marsh and the way income generated by the wetland will probably be divided.

Dapat mapakinabangan ng mga Moro ang proceeds, resources na ‘yan (The Moro should benefit from the proceeds resources there),” Moreno instructed Rappler in a message.

He estimates that exploration of the marsh would price an preliminary P2 billion.


In accordance to the Bangamoro Natural Regulation, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Area in Muslim Mindanao is entitled to “revenues or shares in revenues from the exploration, development, and utilization of natural resources derived from land or water areas or territories within the Bangsamoro territorial jurisdiction.”

The regulation additionally says that the nationwide authorities and Bangsamoro authorities “shall jointly exercise the power to grant rights, privileges, and concessions over the exploration, development, and utilization of uranium and fossil fuels such as petroleum, natural gas, and coal in the territorial jurisdiction of the Bangsamoro.”

ES Maulana International Ventures Firm Inc., a agency owned by Cotabato Metropolis-based engineer Esmel Maulana, has utilized to discover and develop areas within the marsh.

BARMM’s Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) has granted provisional registration to ES Maulana as an investor within the Bangsamoro area.

Any proposal by a personal vitality agency to discover and develop gasoline or oil reserves within the marsh should first be permitted by the Intergovernmental Vitality Board, composed of representatives from the Bangsamoro authorities and nationwide authorities.

The board would then endorse the venture to the Workplace of the President for the issuance of a petroleum service contract. The venture would additionally want to safe environmental compliance certificates and different permits.

Earlier in March, a invoice creating the “Liguasan Marsh Management Commission” was filed within the Bangsamoro Transition Authority Parliament. The physique is envisioned to present total route within the administration, safety, and improvement of the marsh.

One of Moreno’s key allies in Mindanao, former Maguindanao consultant Zajid “Dong” Mangudadatu, has been a vocal champion of the event of Liguasan Marsh, notably its methane gasoline reserves. Mangudadatu has been actively campaigning for Moreno and pairing him with Davao Metropolis Mayor Sara Duterte, who’s working for vp. – Rappler.com

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