On September 15, 2016, the Center presented the “National Marine Policy Review and Strategic Direction”, a study
focused on the review and update of the 1994 National Marine Policy and the formulation of the National Marine
Strategy. The study was discussed during a Public Hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and
Food, jointly with the Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation, and
Finance. The hearing was organized to provide a venue for a deliberation on the possible creation of a separate
department focused on the management of marine resources of the Philippines. The Center’s position was presented
by Dr. Edna Co, Executive Director of UP CIDS, and Usec. Jose Luis Alano of the National Coast Watch Council.
They emphasized on the potential of creating a Department of Marine Affairs and the necessary institutional
arrangements required for its establishment.