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The marine park rangers team in Tubbataha, established in 1995, represents a shift towards decentralized and collaborative natural resource management. Formed by a Presidential Task Force and formalized in the TRNP Act of 2009, it includes the Philippine Navy, Coast Guard, Cagayancillo Local Government, and Tubbataha Management Office. Since its establishment in 2001, the Tubbataha Management Office, with WWF-Philippines' help, developed guidelines and comprehensive training for rangers from diverse backgrounds to ensure effective law enforcement and protection of Tubbataha's marine environment.
The Republic Act 10067, known as the TRNP Act, provides the legal and institutional framework for enforcement in the Tubbataha Reefs. The statute defines the authority of the Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board (TPAMB) to impose sanctions against violators. Further details of RA 10067 are found in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) issued by the TPAMB in October 2010 and amended in 2017. The IRR provides details of the functions of the TPAMB Adjudication Board (TAB), the legal arm of the TPAMB.
In the early years of law enforcement by the Presidential Task Force, the rangers were housed in a simple canvas tent. In 1996 a wooden structure was built but shifting sand soon rendered its foundations unstable. At present, the marine park rangers are housed in a styrofoam-reinforced concrete structure on a sandbar on Tubbatha’s North Atoll.
The rangers are stationed in TRNP on two-month rotations all year round and are equipped with two patrol boats, a utility boat, radar, radio communications, geo-positioning system (GPS) units, and basic research equipment.