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).
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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.