Manila, Philippines – The National Mapping Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) and the University of the Philippines – Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) conducted their yearly respective hydrographic surveys and marine scientific research (MSR) within the months of April to June 2023. While the NAMRIA conducted hydrographic surveys in the vicinity of Pag-asa Island using the BRPH Ventura vessel, the UP-MSI conducted four MSR expeditions in the areas of Pag-asa Island and the Southern Tagalog Region using its M/V Panata vessel. 

The National Coast Watch System (NCWS) provides the coordinating mechanism for the conduct of national MSR and other related initiatives. In 2017, the national MSRs supported by the NCWS led to the Coordinated National Marine Scientific Research Initiatives and Related Activities in Philippine Waters (CONMIRA).

CONMIRA is an inter-agency coordinating mechanism for the harmonization of platform requests and schedules for Philippine MSR and other related initiatives as well as for the facilitation of monitoring and communication requirements to ensure the successful conduct of efforts by the MSR teams.

National government agencies (NGAs), academic research institutions, local government units (LGUs), and other national maritime stakeholders conduct unilateral and/or inter-agency MSR and related initiatives using available platforms. National agencies and units, which could ensure the accommodation, safety, and security of MSR teams, provide appropriate support for the successful initiatives of the MSR teams in Philippine waters. 

Marine research and surveys are vital for science-based policy formulation and the continuous enhancement of marine research relative to the Philippine development as a maritime and archipelagic nation.