The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) launched on January 7 a digital version of the pamphlet “Ang West Philippine Sea: Isang Sipat [The West Philippine Sea: A Look].”
“Ang West Philippine Sea: Isang Sipat” was jointly developed by the DFA and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office “to serve as an accessible and comprehensible resource material on the West Philippine Sea.”
The West Philippine Sea is also known as the South China Sea, whose waters are contested by the Philippines, China and Vietnam, among other countries.
The pamphlet presents issues in a question-and-answer format and is written in the national language Filipino to further facilitate understanding by ordinary Filipinos, a statement from the department said.
“The current focus on the maritime disputes in the West Philippine Sea has made it clear that we need to foster the ‘archipelagic consciousness’ among our people. By understanding the fundamental link between our maritime heritage and our identities as Filipinos, we build the unshakeable will to defend our maritime domain. That is the purpose of this pamphlet and all the other public diplomacy efforts we have been undertaking,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said.
“Ang West Philippine Sea: Isang Sipat,” is downloadable from www.dfa.gov.ph and posted on the DFA official Facebook page.
Printed copies will be distributed to all Philippine Foreign Service Posts and Regional Consular Offices for their dissemination.