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Almost 5,000 Trainees Availed of NMP Courses from July to November 2016

The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a government maritime training institution with principal address at Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City, has trained the country’s maritime personnel and issued four thousand nine hundred thirty-five (4,935) certificates from July to November 2016 to seafarer-trainees coming to the center to take up maritime training programs.

This accomplishment is derived from the various training offerings in its main training complex in Tacloban and extension office in Makati City. Trainees consist of potential seafarers, active seafarers or maritime instructors and assessors who come from the different regions in the country. It is worth noting however that most trainees are from Region 8.

Three thousand seven hundred three (3,703) or seventy-five percent (75%) of the issued certificates came from the Basic Courses.

The courses with the highest number of certificates issued are Basic Training (BT), Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Maritime Sector (PADAMS), STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Maritime Sector (SHAPIMS), Gender Sensitivity Training for Seafarers (GSTS), Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat (PSCRB), Training Course for Instructors (IMO Model Course 6.09), Ship Security Awareness Training and Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (SSAT & SDSD) and Advanced Training in Fire Fighting (ATFF).

This brings the total certificates issued to ten thousand five hundred fifty-four (10,554) as of November, beating the 2016 target of ten thousand (10,000) trainees trained before the end of the year.

It is expected that more clients will benefit from NMP’s training services as more batches will be opened next month to accommodate more trainees. Further, additional Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) regulated courses will also open next year.

The NMP takes pride in providing excellent maritime training services required pursuant to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention as amended in 2010 including value-adding courses.

NMP continues to upgrade its facilities, hire world-class maritime instructors and assessors and enhance the qualifications of its pool of trainers. It likewise continues to use state-of-the-art equipment in the conduct of trainings to ensure the quality of its program offerings.

These efforts are incumbent on the Agency’s mandate to train and upgrade the Filipino seafarers’ skills that result in valuable contributions in producing highly competent seafarers for their employment acceptability.

The NMP encourages seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) which entitles the beneficiary to receive financial assistance for training costs from the OWWA.

Those interested to take NMP training programs may visit the NMP website and its facebook page (\nmptrainingcenter) where all related information on NMP trainings are available.

By: Ma. Jasmin J. Andrade
Date & Time Posted: 2016-11-29 14:14:15