Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc (PTC) and ANGKLA Partylist signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on a senior high school (SHS) program that equips students with maritime training called Project Balanghay.
Coined from a wooden boat used by pre-colonial Filipinos, Project Balanghay is a senior highs school (SHS) program for the facilitation of maritime training and education in the Philippines. This aims to train SHS students in the technical skills in preparation for career opportunities in the seafaring field, according to DepEd.
With the K to 12 basic education program to be implemented on schools, Project Balanghay will be responsible for overview of both the local and international maritime industry to help students realize their future careers. The overview would include ship management systems and auditing through simulation, case studies, equipment usage, and hands-on training.
Candidates will be gathered from the passers of examinations and interviews based on international maritime standards. The program will be in compliance with the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Regulation 1/6, Training and Assessment.
PTC will design study programs and specialized instructors while DepEd will be responsible for its approval and implementation on schools that can carry out the program. ANGKLA Partylist will then ensure that the maritime community will benefit from this program.
PTC Senior Vice President Ronald Enrile said that, “90% of world trade is done through ships.There is a big opportunity in working onboard because the demand is never diminishing. Thus, the project not only aims to educate and present career options within the industry, but also to sustain the prominence of the Philippines as the leading supplier of maritime professionals around the world.”
Source: Philippine Information Agency