The Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation, Inc. (CCEFI) was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock, non-profit corporation on 21 January 1998 by a group of incorporators who were interested in improving conservation and management of the marine environment in the Philippines through education, technical assistance and encouragement of coastal communities to protect and manage their own coastal and marine ecosystems. It promotes an integrated coastal management approach that includes marine protected areas (MPAs) localized law enforcement and other participatory best practices. It is an operating organization. Its main office is located at Room 302, 3/F PDI Condominium, Archbishop Reyes Ave. Banilad, Cebu City. The Foundation has 11 regular staff, and nine (9) members of the Board of Trustees.
It was first certified for 3 years on December 23, 2002 and which ended on December 22, 2005. First Renewal was for 5 years on May 30, 2006 and which ended on May 29, 2011. In May 2011, the foundation applied for its Renewal however, they were not able to complete its application documents.
Its purposes among others, are: “to manage and sustain Philippine coastal resources through active leadership and participation of coastal communities and stakeholders; to improve conditions in the Philippine marine environment while promoting the sustainable use of marine and coastal resources through provision of technical assistance, education, research and information campaigns”. The foundation’s programs focused on the following areas: 1) Biodiversity Assessment; 2) Coral Rehabilitation; and 3) Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Establishment. Geographical scope of areas: Bohol, Cebu, Batangas, Palawan, Siquijor and Negros Oriental.