CASIGURAN, Aurora (DWDD) – President Rodrigo Duterte declared portions of the Philippine Rise as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), during the send-off ceremony of the 50 Filipino scientists who will conduct maritime science research, last Tuesday.
“These activities will be vital [in] the protection and management of the Philippine Rise and its vast resources. I have complete faith in the capabilities of our world-class scientists and I recognize the need to provide them with the necessary means to fulfill your mandate,” President Duterte said.
The Philippine Rise shall become a strict protection zone which will be limited to marine scientific studies. DOTr / MCAG