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PRESIDENTIAL DECREE No. 987

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AMENDING PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 782 FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXTENDING THE PERIOD FOR CONVERTING VALID AND SUBSISTING PETROLEUM EXPLORATION CONCESSIONS AND PUBLISHED PETROLEUM EXPLORATION APPLICATIONS FROM AUGUST 25, 1976 TO DECEMBER 31, 1976

In order to give holders of valid and subsisting Petroleum Exploration Concessions (PECs) and published Petroleum Exploration Concession Applications (PECAs) sufficient time to upgrade their technical and financial capabilities to develop a viable exploration program under the service contract system and in line with the declared policy of the state to hasten the discovery, development and production of indigenous petroleum, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution, do hereby amend Presidential Decree No. 782, particularly Sec. 2 thereof, by extending the deadline for conversion of valid and subsisting concessions and concession applications to service contracts from August 25, 1976 to December 31, 1976: Provided, That, the extension shall apply only to those concessions that have complied with their work obligations and the applicable implementing rules and of the date of this decree: And provided, further, That the holders of said concessions and/or concession applications are technically and financially qualified under the rules for conversion issued by the Energy Development Board and do not have any unpaid deficiency obligations arising from any concessions held by them. No further extension shall be allowed after this and all concessions and concession applications not converted to service contracts for any cause before December 31, 1976, 1976 shall be deemed automatically cancelled and the area covered thereby shall become part of the National Reserve Area.

This Decree shall take effect immediately.

Done in the City of Manila, this 25th day of August, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-six.

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