Local Organizing Institutions

University of the Philippines

Marine Science Institute

The UP Marine Science Institute (UP MSI) is one of seven academic institutes of the University of the Philippines’ College of Science. It is housed in its own building complex within the UP Diliman Campus in Quezon City. UP MSI was originally established as the Marine Sciences Center (MSC) with the approval of its charter by the Board of Regents on 28 March 1974.

The Marine Science Institute (MSI) grants M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Marine Science, with specializations in Marine Biology, Marine Physical Sciences, and Marine Biotechnology. Graduate students are given the superb opportunity to conduct their research in the context of the abundant and diverse research programs being conducted at the Institute by scientifically prolific, nationally and internationally recognized faculty. Research assistantships in various projects with local and international funding are available to graduate students.


Department of Environment and Natural Resources

The Department is the primary government agency responsible for the conservation, management, development, and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources, specifically forest and grazing lands, mineral resources, including those in reservation and watershed areas, and lands of the public domain, as well as the licensing and regulation of all natural resources as may be provided for by law in order to ensure equitable sharing of the benefits derived therefrom for the welfare of the present and future generations of Filipinos.

The Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) or "Agos ng Buhay" (Flow of Life), implemented by the Department's Biodiversity Management Bureau, is a 12-year program of the Government which aims to comprehensively manage, address and effectively reduce the drivers and pressures of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems in order to achieve and promote sustainability of ecosystem services, food security and climate change resiliency for the benefit of the present and future generations.

The general objective of the CMEMP is to achieve the effective management of the country's coastal and marine ecosystems thereby increasing their ability to provide ecological goods and services to improve the quality of life of the coastal population particularly ensuring food security, climate change resiliency and disaster risk reduction.


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Philippine Association of Marine Science

The Philippine Association of Marine Science (PAMS) was organized in 1989 during the First National Symposium in Marine Science, convened by the UP Marine Science Institute-UNDP and held at the Bolinao Marine Laboratory, in response to the need for a national organization that would link together various academic, government and private institutions, NGOs and industry involved in marine science research and development in the country.

PAMS carries the task of promoting growth of marine science in the country, and recognizes the important role of Philippine scientists in furthering knowledge on tropical marine ecosystems. In line with this goal, PAMS organizes the National Symposium in Marine Science every two years, held alternating regions of the country. It has become a tradition to elect the incoming president of PAMS from the next host region.

University of the Philippines Cebu

The University of the Philippines Cebu is a public research university and the youngest constituent university of the University of the Philippines System located in Cebu City, the capital city of Cebu province in the Philippines. It was founded on May 3, 1918, ten years after the founding of UP in 1908. It is considered as the University’s flagship campus in Central Visayas.

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University of San Carlos

University of San Carlos (USC) is a Catholic educational institution administered since 1935 by Society of the Divine Word (SVD) missionaries.Founded in 1952, the Department of Biology initially offered a Bachelor of Science major in Zoology degree.Recognizing its crucial role in southern Philippines, the Commission on Higher Education designated the department as a Center of Development (COD) in Biology, producing graduates who are instrumental in promoting the study of our terrestrial and aquatic natural resources for sustainable socio-economic development, and solving problems and issues in our environment. As a regional science education center, the department plays a key role in the decentralization of biology education, training, and research, and contributes to improving the capabilities of other institutions in the region by upgrading their teaching and research faculties.

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University of the Philippines Mindanao

UP Mindanao is the sixth Constituent University of the University of the Philippines System. It is the only Constituent University of UP that was created by law. The vision of UP Mindanao is expressed in the word, EXCELLENCE, an acronym that means, “EXCEL in Leadership, Education, Nationalism, Cultural sensitivity, and Environmental nurturance”.

The mission of UP Mindanao is to lead in providing affordable quality education, scholarly research, and responsive and relevant extension services to diverse, marginalized and deserving sectors in Mindanao and neighboring regions through its programs in the sciences and the arts, inculcating a passion for excellence, creative thinking, and nationalism in the context of cultural diversity in a global community

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