With 2020 just around the corner, MARINA still headlined important projects before the year ended. Part of these initiatives are the projects they recently launched their on December 8, 2019 in Cavite City. These Department of Transportation-led programs aim to spark a change within the government systems. The convenience and comfort of Filipinos are also priorities in the conceptualization and implementation of said plans of action.
Read all about them below.
MARINA Central Office Processing Center
The MARINA Central Office Processing Center (MARINA COPC), as detailed by MARINA OIC VADM Narciso A Vingson Jr. and DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, is a project launched with the goal of cutting down the wait time for MARINA-related transactions. Thus, after completing their STCW Courses, seafarers can already process all of their required documentation – from registration to licensing with ease. With this move, MARINA aims to improve efficiency and productivity in processing relevant transactions, making the lives of seafarers in the country much easier.
Registration For Recreational Boats
Through MARINA Memorandum Circular 2019-DS-01, registering boats used for recreation now takes just three days maximum. With this in place, boat operators can take part in the recreational side of the ship industry, leading to a boom in maritime tourism in the Philippines. Aside from these economic benefits, it also serves as a way to improve how governing bodies monitor our waters in case of any boats used for illegal activities.
Relaunch of the Cavite-Manila Ferry Service
Long travel times have always been an issue among commuters. This is especially true for those who live in the furthest parts of Cavite, with the public having to suffer three hours of commuting to Manila and Pasay. With MARINA’s revival of the Cavite-Manila Ferry Service, traveling safely by boat to these areas and back will now just take one hour. As additional good news, Tugade also announced the special Christmas offer of free rides until January 9, 2020 for trips from the Cavite City Port Terminal to Pasay and Manila, and vice versa. Passengers riding the MV Island Sabtang can also enjoy free rides until January 31, 2020.
All of these projects spell good news for the future of the maritime industry in the Philippines for the next decade, especially with the 10-Year Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP) in place. Through the efforts of both MARINA and professionals, we can expect even more initiatives such as these ones for the betterment of the maritime field, its key players who are the backbone of the industry, and the general Filipino public.