About Us

Since the 1970s, the UPV-MBS at Taklong Island has been the field station for courses in ecology and field biology, plant and animal systematics, and marine resource management. Through the years, the UPV-MBS has evolved as a venue for research, extension and training activities of the UP Visayas.
Picture of Station. Front-view of the station

Objectives & Activities

The objectives of the UPV Marine Biological Station are:

  1. Support and promote biodiversity conservation and integrated coastal management (ICM) by providing space and facilities for research, instruction, extension training
  2. Generate technical information relevant to biodiversity conservation, ICM, and marine protected area management by engaging in long-term biodiversity monitoring, habitat rehabilitation, resource enhancement research
  3. Establish linkages with local, national and international institutions of similar objectives & functions
  4. Strengthen UPV’s presence in Guimaras through technical assistance & extension services to the PAMB (Protected Area Management Board) and local government units

Through its Marine Biological Station in Taklong Island, Guimaras, the University of the Philippines Visayas made concrete attempts to preserve and nurture important critical marine habitats.

The University LOBBIED for the declaration of Taklong Island and its vicinity into a national marine reserve that it is now today, one of the first to be declared as such in this part of the country (Presidential Proclamation No. 525 ser. 1990).

Activities supported by the UPV Marine Biological Station include:


Site of UPV Ecology and Field Biology summer classes

Field trips:

Hosting educational trips for courses in:

  • Plant and animal systematics
  • Natural & environmental sciences
  • Natural resource management

Past & present research:

  • Long-term biodiversity monitoring
  • DOST-funded sea cucumber resource management and aquaculture
  • Oil spill research program
  • Population dynamics of sediment infauna, seagrass epiphytes, fishes, and corals
  • JSPS-funded program on negative impacts to coastal fisheries of Southeast Asia
  • UP-funded marine invertebrate biodiversity documentation and DNA barcoding
  • Mangrove ecology studies
  • Reproductive biology of marine fauna (sea urchins, sea cucumbers, molluscs such as chitons and conchs, hard corals, siganid fish)
  • Undergraduate biology Special Problem research projects

Extension and training activities:

  • Participation in coastal resource management (CRM) training
  • Determination of status of the marine resources of Guimaras
  • Advocacy efforts for resource management, biodiversity conservation, and various needs of costal communities



The Taklong Island National Marine Reserve (TINMR) was established through Presidential Proclamation No. 525 dated February 8, 1990 and forms part of the initial component of the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) of R.A. 7586 (NIPAS ACT 1992).

TINMR is located in the municipality of Nueva Valencia, Guimaras in the Western Visayas and is bordered by the two coastal barangays of La Paz and San Roque. It includes the two major islands of Taklong and Tandog, and about 37 small limestone islets which are collectively known as the South Point Islands (10º24’ to 10º26‘N latitude and 122º29’ to 122º31.15’ E longitude)

AREA: 1,146.43 hectares, with 183 hectares of terrestrial and 960.5 hectares marine area.

TINMR is divided into a multiple use zone (MUZ) and a strict protection zone (SPZ).

The Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) is a governing body created under NIPAS Act of 1992 (RA 7586) to administer the Protected Area and by majority vote, decides allocations for budget, approves proposals for funding, decides matters relating to planning, peripheral protection and general administration of the area in accordance with the general management strategy. The UPV-MBS is one of the 11 members of the PAMB.

Image courtesy of GIZ DENR PAME project