1. What is the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP)?
The National Maritime Polytechnic is the only government owned maritime training center attached to the Department of Labor and Employment. It offers short-term training courses for merchant marine officers and ratings, that are required in the STCW Convention as amended in 1995.
2. Does the NMP offer baccalaureate courses?
The agency does not offer B.S. Marine Transportation, B.S. Marine Engineering or any four or two-year courses. Its main clients are the manning and crewing agencies who are in the business of deploying Filipino seafarers for service in the international maritime labor market. The NMP also serves as a special training ground for the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI)-affiliated faculty members as well as those private individuals who aspire to work aboard local or ocean-going vessels.
The NMP is in the process of developing a Distance Learning Program (DLP) to benefit Filipino seafarers who are willing to upgrade but cannot be physically present for regular training sessions. The DLP will employ on-line registration and instruction strategies through the use of the internet.
3. Are there any scholarships offered by the NMP, if there are, what and how can these be availed of?
The NMP has a tie-up with the Overseas Workers' Welfare Administration (OWWA) on this program that offers monetary and training assistance to qualified merchant marine officers who wish to undergo training. The mechanics can be obtained at the OWWA Center, F.B. Harrison corner 7th Streets, Pasay City. Telephone numbers (612)891-7601 to 24.
4. Where is NMP?
The National Maritime Polytechnic is located in Cabalawan, a barangay of Tacloban, specifically the north east part of the city, right at the foot of the famous San Juanico Bridge. The NMP sits in a 17 hectare complex, 12 kilometers and 30 minutes away from the city proper. As the capital city of Leyte Province, Tacloban is highly accessible by land, sea and air transportation, to Metro Manila, Cebu and other major cities in the country. The main points of entry are through the DZR Airport, the Port of Tacloban and the Tacloban Bus Terminal.
The NMP Manila Liaison Office is located at the 2nd Flr. ECC Bldg. Gil Puyat Ave. Makati City.
The NMP can be contacted through the following telephone numbers:
NMP Tacloban - (053)321-3356; 321-3352
NMP Manila - (02)523-4304; 523-4987
5. How do I get to NMP?
Your main points of entry are through the DZR Airport, the Port of Tacloban and the Tacloban Bus Terminal.
6. How far is Tacloban from Manila and Cebu?
Flight time from Manila is approximately 1 hour via
Philippine Air Lines - 2 flights daily
Cebu Pacific Air - 2 flight daily
Sailing time from Manila is approximately 22 hours
Sailing time from Cebu is approximately 12 hours
Tacloban can be reached in 22 hours by bus from Manila and 16 hours from Davao. Most bus companies ply the Pasay/Cubao-Davao route with Tacloban as a major transit point. Trainees may be fetched from entry points upon notice.
7. What can trainees expect from NMP in accommodations?
The training center collects minimal dormitory fees on a daily, weekly and monthly rates. Merchant marine officers are billeted at our Officers' Dormitory while the Ratings' Dormitory serves as the temporary home of cadets and ratings. There are also rooms for paying guests. Both guests and trainees also pay for laundry and linen charges.
Charges shall be in accordance with the approved schedule per Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Dormitory Fee Collection Policy (OED MC 011.2003) .as follows:
For trainees, aircon (A/C) rooms will be at P160/day/trainee. For non-aircon (NCA), P60/day.
For guests and private individuals, A/C rooms will be at P200/day while NCA rooms will be at P150/day. For government officers A/C rooms will be at P150/day and NCA rooms at P60/day.
Trainee-occupants whose duration of stay exceeds five (5) days shall pay a discounted rate in conformity with the rates provided. Weekly rates will be at P370/week/person and for the monthly rate at P1,300/month/person. The weekly and monthly rates apply only to non aircon rooms.
Additional beds will be pegged at P60/room/day for all types of occupants.
For trainees rooms will be at P30/day/trainee. Guests and private individuals pay P50/room/day. Government officers pay P40/room/day.
Trainee-occupants whose duration of stay exceeds five (5) days shall pay a discounted rate in conformity with the rates provided hereunder: Weekly rates will be at P180/week/person and for the monthly rate at P670/month/person.
Trainees also have the option of living inside or outside NMP during training period. For security purposes a curfew is set at 2200H.
8. What about meals?
Meals and snacks are available at the NMP canteen and the NMPSA Snack Center. There are several eateries outside the NMP offering local food at competitive prices. However, the NMP does not recommend eating outside as these eateries are not monitored by the agency dietary services.
9. How do I provide for certain purchases and necessities?
The nearest commercial centers are in Tacloban City proper 12 kilometers away. Jeepney fare to and from NMP is pegged at P10.00 while tricycles for hire charge around P50.00. Minimum taxi fare is about P100.00.