With the goal of making the Philippines a globally competitive maritime nation, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has submitted the maritime development roadmap to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The maritime industry development program (MIDP), spanning different projects within a period of 10 years, was presented to IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim last November 23 at the IMO Council meeting in London.
Narciso Vingson Jr., Officer-In-Charge of MARINA, emphasized the major programs under the MIDP, which includes the following: development of an international maritime hub, development of a coastal and inland waterway transport system, improvement of Philippine maritime safety, and establishment of a maritime information management and technology center.
MARINA is mandated under Presidential Decree No. 474, series of 1974 to prepare and formulate the MIDP.
Aside from this, Vingson also met with representatives from the European Commission (EC). Vingson relayed updates on the implementation of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for seafarers 1978, as amended. MARINA had also revised seven of its old Circulars in alignment with the STCW Convention. This was done to address the rise in standards for certifications.
As for the training in the Philippines implemented by MARINA, they had been previously enhanced once the refresher course for advanced firefighting, the four mandatory training courses on passenger ships, and the electro-technical officer’s course were approved.
MARINA had developed their internal processes in accordance with their quality management system. This system sparked the establishment of an information technology support system whose purpose is to evaluate and monitor maritime education and training in Philippine institutions. MARINA had also issued a joint memorandum alongside the Commission on Higher Education that made MARINA, through STCW organization, the main evaluator of maritime education programs.
MARINA also conveyed their appreciation for nations that employ Filipino seafarers, thanking them for supporting the Philippines in producing competent seafarers ready for the international stage.
On MARINA’s efforts to produce the MIDP, Lim has expressed a positive outlook on the future of the Philippine maritime industry. Lim also lauded the efforts of MARINA to formulate the programs and plans in the MIDP.
(The Manila Times)