17th National Symposium on Marine Science

Saving Our Seas: Restoring marine systems for people and nature

20-22 July 2023

Batangas State University - The National Engineering University

Pablo Borbon Campus, Rizal Ave., Batangas City, 4200 Batangas, Philippines

About PAMS

    The Philippine Association of Marine Science (PAMS) was organized in 1990 during the First National Symposium in Marine Science held at the Bolinao Marine Laboratory in Pangasinan. It has since grown from a modest association of 76 charter members to more than 200 strong today. As a national organization, PAMS connects the academe, government, industries, development agencies, and non-government and private groups involved in marine science research and development in the country. It values and emphasizes the role of Filipino scientists in building knowledge on tropical marine ecosystems, and supporting science-based governance. The National Symposium is organized every two years, with hosting responsibilities rotating among academic institutions across the three major island groups – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.


    The National Symposium on Marine Science is a biennial conference in the Philippines that provides a regular platform to share marine science research and related efforts, in view of supporting conservation and management goals in the country. For its 17th occasion, the Symposium takes up the urgent cause to restore the planet with its theme “Saving Our Seas: Restoring marine systems for people and nature.”

    Never has it been more pressing to accelerate and harmonize efforts to restore our marine ecosystems. This is especially felt in the Philippines where local stressors compounded by climate and global environmental change grievously undermine coastal and marine ecosystems, thus endangering the human communities that directly rely on them for services and benefits essential for healthy and prosperous lives. Restoring healthy ecosystem function would translate to, among others, stronger protection against climate hazards, sustainable and dignified livelihoods for all, food security, resilience to disturbance and change, and a better tomorrow for future generations. PAMS 17 aims to be the resounding affirmation of Filipino marine science researchers and practitioners in doing our part for the shared responsibility of saving our seas.

PAMS 17 in Batangas

Batangas State University - The National Engineering University

Pablo Borbon Campus, Rizal Ave., Batangas City, 4200 Batangas

    Batangas Province, located at the edge of southwestern Luzon in the CALABARZON Region, is one of the provinces that bounds the Verde Island Passage, the “center of the center of marine shorefish biodiversity in the world.” Of its 34 cities and municipalities, 14 municipalities and one city are coastal. Its economic activities are largely marine- and maritime-based such as fishing and tourism, as well as commercial, industrial, and shipping enterprises. The Batangas coast has well-developed nearshore habitats, which are utilized for many purposes including research and recreation. It is particularly famous for its beaches and dive sites. Batangas has a celebrated history of participation and leadership in marine research and management. Numerous sites in the area are conservation models and success stories, with continuous and institutionalized stewardship.
    Batangas State University (BatStateU) is a Level IV State University, and was recently declared the National Engineering University for its offerings of accredited engineering courses. It has a strong marine research contingent being home to the Verde Island Passage Center for Oceanographic Research and Aquatic Life Sciences (VIP CORALS). The location of the University in an important economic zone and its proximity to exceptional marine habitats enable it to both promote higher learning and influence science-based development. It is committed to its vision of “Leading Innovations, Transforming Lives, Building the Nation.” The University has 11 campuses all over Batangas Province, and the Symposium will be hosted in its Pablo Borbon Campus.

17th National Symposium on Marine Science

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Symposium Topics


Species diversity

biology, ecology, taxonomy, or systematics of a species or taxon


Ecosystem diversity

habitat assessments, diversity, or ecology of areas or sites


Governance & policies

issues, programs, and/ or interventions of civic and government groups that manage and protect marine and coastal environments; resource management activities



research on oceans including their physical and chemical properties, origin, and geologic framework, as well as resident organisms


Fisheries and aquaculture

advances or new knowledge on commercially important species and aquaculture


Conservation & restoration

connectivity of ecosystems, renewing and restoring degraded, damaged, or destroyed ecosystems and habitats by active human interruption and action; climate change-related studies on vulnerability or resilience of ecosystems


Marine pollution & toxicology

human waste that has harmful effects on the oceans


People & nature

the connection between human societies and the marine environment, including citizen science, community-based resource management, indigenous knowledge systems, and education and advocacy campaigns


Techniques & innovations

methods, tools, databases, systems or applications used for marine biological research or marine conservation and management

Meet the PAMS Officers



Jayvee Ablaña Saco, Ph D (JV)

Batangas State University

Ecophysiology, culture, cell biology, biodiversity and taxonomy of seaweeds aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Vice President for Luzon

Francis Xavier D. Verdadero (Verds)

Ateneo de Naga University

Coral reef ecology, marine and coastal resources management, box jellyfish ecology aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Vice President for Visayas

Nadia Palomar-Abesamis, Ph D (Nadia)

Silliman University

Invertebrate ecology and reproductive biology, biodiversity conservation, science education aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Vice President for Mindanao

Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit, Ph D (Hilly)

Mindanao State University Iligan

Ecosystems-based approach, coastal and riverbasin management, multisectoral environmental governance, landscape finance, ecological restoration, disaster risk reduction


Kristina Cordero-Bailey (Pach)

University of the Philippines Los Baños

Biological oceanography, plankton ecology, ocean and coastal remote sensing, land use and marine spatial planning, climate change adaptation and disaster risk assessment


Miledel Christine C. Quibilan (Mags)

University of the Philippines Diliman

Coral reef ecology, marine and coastal resources management, coastal and fisheries climate change adaptation and resilience aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


Ma. Gregoria Joanne P. Tiquio, Ph D (Anjo)

University of the Philippines Los Baños

Marine plant biology and ecology, coastal pollution, ecotoxicology aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaa aaaaa

Public Relations Officer

Noreen Marie Follosco (Kubi)

Wetlands International Philippines

Community ecology, climate change adaptation and resilience, mangrove ecology and rehabilitation, coastal management and governance, science communication