Why Protect the VIP?
Millions of People Rely on the VIP
The VIP is surrounded by 5 major provinces - Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon. These provinces are home to over 4.5 million people whose livelihoods are highly dependent on the surrounding reefs of the VIP.
When shoreline ecosystems such as coral reefs and mangrove forests are properly managed, they provide services to coastal communities such as protection from surge, floording, and erosion.
There are many economic benefits that a well-managed VIP can provide, such as eco-tourism, local fishing, cosmetic material sources, and potentially even new pharmaceuticals awaiting discovery.
The Philippines is the most biodiverse marine system on the planet, and the VIP sits right at the heart of it.