By Restituto A. Cayubit
Tacloban City – The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) and the Masters and Mates Association of the Philippines, Inc. (MMAP) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to strengthen cooperation to enhance the quality of training for Filipino seafarers in compliance with the international requirements, according to a report from NMP, which is based in Barangay Cabalawan here.
The MOA signing between NMP Executive Director Dr. Romulo V. Bernardes and MMAP President Capt. Edwin M. Itable was held at NMP headquarters and was witnessed by Labor Undersecretary Bernard P. Olalia and Capt. Rodolfo A. Aspillaga, MMAP National Secretary.
Also in attendance were NMP Deputy Executive Director Mayla N. Macadawan; Maritime Training and Development Division Head Capt. Emmanuel Jesus M. Laguitan; Maritime Research and Development Division Head Ms. Grace Marie T. Ayaso; Administrative, Financial and Management Division Head Atty. Ruben Y. Maceda; Engr. Miguel O. Marasigan and Chairperson and Members of the Department of Labor and Employment 8 Regional Coordinating Council.
Bernardes told reporters that, through the partnership, the mutual benefits of the parties included the tapping of services of MMAP officials and members as guest lecturers for the NMP’s Deck and other course offerings; five percent discount on training fees to NMP enrollees who are MMAP members; sending of MMAP members as subject matter experts (SMEs) in the development of new courses by the NMP; harnessing MMAP members during the data gathering process in the conduct of researches by the NMP; and accrediting MMAP members with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) before sending to NMP as guest lecturers.
Bernardes informed reporters that the MOA also provided for the preparation of the NMP of the terms and conditions for the off-site conduct of the Training Course for Simulator Instructors and Assessors (IMO Model Course 6.10) in Manila, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro where MMAP members have access to the needed simulators.
“The NMP looks forward to this opportunity of expanding the reach of its maritime training programs and remains open to collaborations with organizations who share the same interest in improving the quality of trainings provided to Filipino seafarers for their employment acceptability and enhanced competitiveness,” Bernardes pointed out.
Bernardes said that the MMAP is recognized as a professional group of masters and mates who are pillars of the industry with a significant number of members as MARINA-accredited maritime instructor, assessors and supervisors.
On the other hand, the NMP is a government maritime training center tasked to upgrade and update the country’s maritime manpower through the conduct of upgrading, specialized and basic safety courses in accordance with the requisites of the STCW as amended.
It also offers other value-added courses, Bernardes added.
Bernardes further informed reporters that the NMP also conducts maritime studies to come up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the industry.