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Report | June, 2022

The Champions of Panaon

Marine Protected Areas Magazine


The Champions of Panaon is about sharing its beauty and highlighting the importance of its protection.  “Panaon Island is at the southern tip of Southern Leyte. All four municipalities are among the poorest in the Philippines, being fourth or fifth class municipalities. Despite this, stakeholders of Panaon Island have protected this precious gem, having established through local ordinances 19 marine protected areas (MPAs). It is part of the 50 priority reefs, regions in the world with the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, seen to be highly likely to survive the adverse impacts of global climate crisis, and therefore in need of urgent protection,” Oceana VP. Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos.