The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) is a public research university and is a constituent university of the University of the Philippines System. It has campuses in Miagao, Iloilo; Iloilo City; and Tacloban City — with Miagao being the main campus where the central administration offices are located. UPV has four colleges and a school. These are the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the College of Management (CM), the School of Technology (SoTech), and the UPV Tacloban College (UPVTC). UPV aims to develop excellence and leadership in the field of fisheries and marine sciences, thus making it the center of fisheries education, research, and extension in the country. It also aims to contribute to the development of the region through relevant instruction, research, and extension programs. Faculty and research staff have implemented research projects in different disciplines with funding support from national and international agencies implemented by various colleges and units. It also packages training. Some of these are in aquaculture, fish processing technology, marine fisheries, aquatic biology, social sciences, arts and culture and coastal resource management.
The GlobalSeaweedSTAR team in the Philippines is co-led by Assistant Professor Victor Marco Emmanuel N. Ferriols (Co-Team Leader, Philippines) and Professor Anicia Hurtado (Co-Team Leader, Philippines).