As the country’s central mapping agency, NAMRIA - an attached agency of the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources - is mandated to provide the public with mapmaking services and to act as the central mapping agency, depository, and distribution facility for natural resources data in the form of maps, charts, texts and statistics. Through its Hydrography branch, the agency conducts hydrographic surveys to analyse oceanographic data used primarily in navigation, research, and marine management.

As a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines has become the first member state to sign up to Seabed 2030, demonstrating its commitment to developing our understanding of ocean science, and working towards Sustainable Development Goal 14: to conserve and sustainably use the oceans.