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Using South China Sea instead of West Philippine Sea

Requested from PCOO by Samuel Fuentes at 01:25 PM on Jan 24, 2017.
Purpose: Reporting
Date of Coverage: 07/01/2016 - 01/24/2017
Tracking no: #PCOO-409618932473

Samuel 01:25 PM, Jan 24, 2017

Hi We would like to know if there is an order or informal directive from the Executive Branch of Government to use "South China Sea" instead of "West Philippine Sea" when pertaining to the maritime areas in western side of the Philippine archipelago?

Are government officials ordered (formal/informal) to use South China Sea in all communications, messages and public documents?

Reference: Administrative Order No. 29, s. 2012

Are we going away with this order?
February 1, 2017

Dear Samuel,


Thank you for your request dated Jan 24, 2017 under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch.

Your request

You asked for Using South China Sea instead of West Philippine Sea.

Response to your request

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance this Office does not have the information you have requested. Please be advised that we have not received any instruction (formal/informal) to use "South China Sea", in any forms of communications.

For further assistance you may review the FAQ section of the eFOI site:

Thank you.

Danica Orcullo
FOI Officer

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