/ 25 July 2021

THE UNIVERSITY of the Philippines and Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation, Inc. inked a partnership to highlight the rich marine biodiversity in the country and the need for biodiversity conservation.

UP is developing a screen share game about different marine species in the Philippines, highlighting the rich marine biodiversity.

The country’s Verde Island Passage is home to the world’s largest concentration of marine species.

VIP is a body of water between Batangas and Mindoro known for its abundance of coastal fishes, corals, crabs, mollusks, seagrasses, and mangroves. It is also home to endangered and threatened species, including the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, whale sharks, manta rays, dugongs, humphead wrasses, giant groupers, and giant clams, making it an ideal site for globally strengthening the conservation of endangered species.

To safeguard the place, UP Puerto Galera Biodiversity Center will offer a science communication and environmental education program.

As one of its first initiatives, the school will create a screen sharing game in collaboration with TMPF and local game design studio Balangay Entertainment to introduce the iconic marine animals to Filipinos.