The MPA database started out as a project to document the management of marine protected areas in the Visayas region. Its main activity was to document and record the management status of local and nationally managed MPAs. A rating system was utilized by CCEF so that MPA management committees are guided in improving the management of these sites. With a recent funding from the UNICO Conservation Foundation, the important work of supporting hundreds of MPAs scattered mainly in Visayas is continued.

Distribution and number of MPAs by province

Province Number of MPAs
Antique 1
Bohol 13
Batangas 3
Camiguin 1
Cebu 17
Camarines Norte 1
Davao Oriental 1
Davao del Sur 3
Iloilo 1
Leyte 1
Mindoro Occidental 1
Mindoro Oriental 3
Misamis Oriental 1
Misamis Occidental 2
Negros Oriental 8
Palawan 17
Pangasinan 2
Quezon 1
Southern Leyte 1
Samar 1
Siquijor 1
Sarangani 1
Sorsogon 1
Surigao del Sur 3
La Union 1
Zambales 1
Zamboanga del Norte 2
Zamboanga Sibugay 1
Zamboanga del Sur 3
Number of MPAs in the database: 93