Benjamin S. Austria Raymundo A. Reyes Jr. Trans-Asia Oil & Mineral Development Corp. Manila The West Batangas basin is one of the few remaining untested basins on the Philippine side of the South China Sea. It lies about 100 km southwest of Manila, off and straddling the west coast of Batangas province, Luzon island (Fig. 1). About 60% of the basin offshore lies in water 200 m deep or less. This promising frontier basin is probably part of the North Palawan block, which underlies the petroleum production area off Palawan about 350 km to the southwest. Recent discoveries in this petroleum province incl...

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