At the “Usapang STCW”, stakeholders were encouraged by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to improve the educational system in maritime training centers. MARINA’s officer-in-charge, Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr., emphasized the need to maintain the Philippines’ status as a major source of skilled maritime workers. As MARINA is dedicated in evolving all facets of the Philippine maritime industry, Vingson Jr. urges each professional to do their part as well.
The aforementioned Usapang STCW is a MARINA activity done to update stakeholders. It also covers assessment of needed actions to improve the maritime education and training (MET) system of the Philippines.
During this specific Usapang STCW, the topic for discussion was about improving the qualification standards for instructors. This is so the quality of the overall learning process for aspiring seafarers is properly maintained. MARINA also talked about the requirement for maritime training centers to fulfill their instruction duties as per the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention 1978, as amended.
MARINA also discussed the minimum training standards on mandatory courses, as these were actions carried out in accordance with the audit report of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). This was done so the Philippines’ MET meets the standards and specifications laid out by the STCW Convention 1978, as amended.
On the current status of the country’s MET, Vingson Jr. says that in the constantly evolving competition within the international maritime industry, it’s important to upgrade our MET. This is to secure and maintain the Philippines’ position as a known source and country of choice for qualified seafarers despite the intense competition in the maritime scene.