The SEA Institute’s primary area of coverage will include the five provinces in the Verde Island Passage, namely, Batangas, Occ. Mindoro, Or. Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon. The five provinces within the VIP are popularly known for their tourism values due to their historical, religious and ridge to reef endowments. In addition, it could also cover the larger area of the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape and the Coral Triangle region.