By Restituto A. Cayubit
Tacloban City – The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a government maritime training and research institute here, underwent accreditation inspection recently the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Office.
Manuel C. Roldan, NMP’s OIC executive director, said the inspection was required before the school can offer several training courses and achieve recognition as an Assessment Center for Deck and Engine Ratings.
A team from the Marina examined the pertinent documents during the inspection, Roldan said.
As part of the accreditation process the team looked at the training designs of each course to check on key areas such the incorporation of knowledge, understanding, proficiency in the STCW code, qualification of instructors, assessors and supervisors, facilities and training equipment, textbooks and videos, other references, videos and other teaching aids, assessment system and quality system documents.
“They also examined the agency’s structural facilities and equipment and the qualifications of assessors to gain recognition as an assessment center (AC) for deck and engine ratings,” Roldan said.
Roldan said that while the NMP proved satisfactory in some of the key areas, it continues to address the observations cited by Marina in order to expedite offering of the new courses and expand its reach in maritime assessment.
The only maritime training and research agency in the country, NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and improve its maritime training.