As a result of its strategic planning for 2021 to 2026, the following purpose statements were developed and adopted:

Core Values

Responsible Stewardship

We ensure that resources entrusted to us by the public—including collections, facilities, people, and funds—are put to best use and their states appropriately reported. We maintain an accountable, transparent, and stimulating environment conducive to integrity and professionalism.

Passion for Science and Education

We put integrity and excellence into our research, collections, publications, exhibits, and services. We also use the tools of science communication and biodiversity education to help nurture a patriotic regard for our natural heritage among students and the general public.

Collaboration and Inclusiveness

We work with organizations and individuals from diverse cultures, academic disciplines, and perspectives in an environment of mutual respect, without regard for race, gender, religion, or politics.

Commitment to Accessible Services

We are committed to the ethical and equitable delivery of educational, scientific, and technical services to both the scientific community and the general public.


The Museum curators, core and project staff also agreed to adopt the following goals or focus areas and the respective goals to achieve them:


  • Complete the Museum renovation project (Phase 1) by 2022
  • Acquire BOR approval of a proposal for a new building/complex by 2026
  • Purchase state-of-the-art equipment (office, field and laboratory) by 2023
  • Refurbish all collection rooms by Dec 2022
  • Replace the collection room’s storage facilities, furniture and equipment for collections by 2024
  • Acquire a vehicle by 2022

Museum Management

  • Create a Manual of Operations and implement the Standard Operating Procedures by 2024
  • Implement a job/role audit of staff and curators by 2023
  • Increase internal and external funding by 2026
  • Implement an institutional Transparency Program by 2022
  • Initiate specimen return program by 2022

Linkages and Networks

  • Pursue international and local linkages by 2023
  • Institutionalize and implement international and local collaborations by 2023
  • Attain memberships in local and international museum organizations by 2023
  • Conduct a national summit/conference of Philippine natural history museums by 2026
  • Partner with international organizations to co-host two or more international scientific gatherings by 2026
  • Attain National Center for Cave Studies status by 2026
  • Establish a "Friends of the Museum" program

Knowledge Management

  • Publish at least 10 scientific knowledge products yearly starting 2022
  • Establish the use of a standardized online collections database by 2022
  • Establish a virtual learning center by 2024
  • Achieve international indexing of the in-house journal Laksambuhay by 2026
  • Implement an assets archival system for photos, videos, PDFs and other important documents by 2023
  • Improve the online system for services by 2023
  • Develop and use a computerized in-house records and monitoring system for communications, R and E, budget, supplies and property, and others by 2023

Marketing and Promotion

  • Establish the museum brand and the respective guidelines by 2022
  • Create and deploy a new website by 2025
  • Employ data analytics for online presence by 2022
  • Create an interactive mobile app by 2025
  • Establish a partner recognition program by 2022
  • Produce new marketing and promotion collaterals and semi-technical publications by 2024.