The government’s decade-long maritime development program is nearing completion. The program is an initiative to serve as the fundamentals of reaching higher growth in the Philippines’ maritime industry across different sectors.
Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Planning and Policy Service Director Emmanuel Carpio stated that his group has reviewed and finalized priority programs with result frameworks of the agenda “highlighting the impacts, indicators and target outcomes relative to: the planned establishment of the maritime industrial hub, the Marina’s role in the development of the Philippine nautical system, as well as the country’s coastal and inland waterways, fishing, maritime tourism, maritime safety, maritime security, and maritime information and communication.”
He added that he and his group will submit the primer of the program to MARINA top management the week after for further refinement.
Carpio said that the plans of MARINA in the past were either short or indefinite plans that did not reflect the mandate of MARINA as a maritime organization. Thus, they have to commit to the mandate and pursue said mandate’s objectives. This is through preparing and annually updating a 10-year maritime industry development program that has a rational and integrated development of the maritime industry.
According to MARINA administrator Leonardo B. Guerrero, the blueprint for both promotional and developmental maritime industry-related activities is expected to be finished within the year. It covers four sectors: domestic shipping, overseas shipping, maritime manpower, and shipbuilding and repair. It also includes emerging subsectors: maritime tourism, fishing, and logistics. This project is sure to change the industry as a whole, including the training in the Philippines for maritime professions.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency, a governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance for the government of Japan, has also extended assistance to MARINA in drafting the road map for the development project of the maritime industry.
The road map, required of MARINA under Presidential Decree 474 of 1974, is expected to include globally proven strategies on how to further grow each sector and subsector of the maritime industry. It will also contain revitalized and reengineered strategic directions and action plans responsive to existing conditions. Through this, the maritime industry can be prepared for future challenges, both in the domestic and global field.