A recent paper by University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute’s Timothy Quimpo and colleagues, published in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (JMBA), revealed that coral reefs in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) have low abundance and diversity of corals and fish. Even the deeper areas of the reefs, the upper mesophotic coral ecosystems that are presumed to be buffered from disturbances, showed similar benthic and coral assemblage composition as the shallow water reefs, suggesting that both depths are vulnerable to disturbances.
Philippine sovereignty over its national territory continues to be a thorny and contentious issue. Take a look back at the history and legal framework of the Philippines’ territorial claims presented by Atty. Jay Batongbacal.
The country’s thought leaders, who have come together as Akademyang Filipino to help the country solve its biggest challenges to national advancement, will hold their first general assembly and a forum on defending Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea, on November 24, 2018, at the UP Professional Schools Auditorium, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.