Name of the Research Center: Verde Island Passage Center for Oceanographic Research and Aquatic Life Sciences (VIP CORALS) – Batangas State University
Date of Establishment: February 2018 (approved by the University’s Board of Regents Resolution No. 004, Series of 2018)
Location of the Research Center: Batangas State University – Lobo Campus, Brgy. Masaguitsit, Lobo, Batangas, Philippines (13°38′30′′N, 121°11′33′′E)
Vision of the Research Center: To be the pioneer, leading, pro-active, and world-class research center on the field of oceanographic research and aquatic life sciences in the Verde Island Passage
General Mandate of the Research Center: The center aims at providing research, teaching, and extension services of the Batangas State University on the marine resources and its marine environment in the Verde Island Passage.
Specific Mandate of the Research Center: 1.      Provide leadership in conducting research on different marine ecosystems in the Verde Island Passage for sustainable national development.
  2.      Spearhead collaboration among various stakeholders, government institutions, non-government organizations in the promotion of research-based activities in protecting and preserving the marine environment.
  3.      Establishing satellite marine stations/research centers in different coastal areas in Verde Island Passage in coordination with local government units and other concerned agencies.
  4.      Train LGUs in the Verde Island Passage on marine protection, livelihood programs, and policy formulation boosting the local tourism industry.
  5.      Provide training to local folks in VIP on marine conservation and protection, livelihood opportunities and awareness on all applicable natural resources conservation laws and statutes.
  6.      Provide technical assistance on establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) to preserved and enrich the marine ecosystem in Verde Island Passage.
  7.      Establish marine museum, a repository of data and information on marine ecosystem to educate the people, researchers and other stakeholders on the vast marine ecosystem and resources for the benefit of humanity.
  8.      Development of advanced technologies that support efficient and effective taxonomy, mapping and exploration of marine species.