On May 6, 2019, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) kicked off its 45th anniversary celebration through recognizing the winners of the photo, video, slogan, and logo competitions graced by House Committee Chairperson on Overseas Workers Affairs Hon. Jesulito A. Manalo. These competitions were launched last September so people could take part in this milestone for MARINA. 12 winners were awarded by MARINA, with 3 winning entries for each category.
The first place winners are as follows:
- First place winner of photo competition – Karlo Angelo Batir
- First place winner of video competition – Richard Paul Mendoza
- First place winner of logo competition – John Bermejo
- First place of slogan competition – Baby Argawanon
The event also had the MARINA – STCW office receive its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 from the Bureau Veritas Certification – Philippines. This is in accordance with the audit performed by the bureau on October 2018 to determine if it passes ISO standards, in which MARINA had passed.
As per Administrative Order No. 161 (2006) and Executive Order No. 605 (2007), the government institutionalized its Quality Management System (QMS) in order to improve the internal process so public service can be done in an efficient and effective manner.
Speaking about the certification, MARINA Deputy Administrator for Operations Engr. Nannette Villamor-Dinopol announced MARINA OIC Vice-Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr.’s statement: “This certificate is a testament of our commitment to deliver quality services to the public in accordance with established standards, policies, and procedures. It is my sincere hope that the culture of quality will be deeply ingrained in all personnel of the MARINA, so we may continuously serve the nation with professionalism, integrity, and excellence.”
As for the whole 45th anniversary celebration, Hon. Manalo said that the festivities were a symbol of MARINA’s service as delivered with professionalism, integrity, and excellence. He also left words of encouragement that rang through to both maritime professionals and those still in maritime training centers: to give their best efforts so clients can feel positive change through the work they do.