The Philippines and Japan have renewed their commitment to improving maritime education, which includes maritime training in the Philippines, by signing a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) on the “2019 Maritime Instructors’ Training Scheme” last February 19, 2019. The Philippines signed through the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA). On the other hand, Japan signed through the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT), and the Seamen’s Employment Center of Japan (SECOJ).
The agreement states that Japan will continue taking in qualified Filipino instructors so they can develop their teaching. They will improve their knowledge on technical information related to their specialized field. This will be done through a two-month advanced training program this 2019. The instructors will also be taught how to organize practical training programs and construct criteria for group training.
The delegates who will be sent shall be chosen based on the criteria below:
- Must be 25-49 years old;
- Has proficiency in English;
- In peak physical and mental health;
- With one year teaching experience in a navigational or engineering course;
- Qualified operational level seafarer for international voyage; and
- Open to participate in maritime education for at least five years upon training completion.
MARINA will be sending invites for application to known and recognized maritime higher education institutions (MHEIs). This is to collect possible nominees. MARINA will prepare a list of preliminary delegates who will pass the first selection process. The final selection will then be done by SECOJ and MLIT.
Japan has also conducted these training programs with instructors from Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and China. Since the start of the MOC in 2010, 59 Filipino maritime instructors have finished the program. They’ve gone on to share their experiences to many aspiring seafarers in the Philippines.
This continuing partnership will be beneficial in improving the state of maritime training in the Philippines. Through this program, instructors are sure to improve, resulting in aspirants who are better qualified because of the quality training they’ve received.