Mission Blue Visit to the Philippines: A Brief Dialogue with Dr. Sylvia Earle

I filed the bill declaring the Verde Island Passage as a protected area way back in 2013! Today, there are many like minded groups who are supportive of my advocacy.

I am honored to meet Dr. Sylvia Earle where we tackled the importance of preserving the Verde Island Passage and its significance in upholding the ecosystem in one of the most important zones of marine shore fish biodiversity in the world.
I am glad to have joined US Ambassador MaryKay Carlson and DENR Secretary Toni Loyzaga and committed advocates.

As the principal author of the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (eNIPAS) Act, we aim to provide a critical framework for the protection of ecologically significant sites like the Verde Island Passage