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NMP Bares 2016 Accomplishments and Sets Priorities for 2017

The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a government maritime training and research center, conducted the agency Year-end Performance Assessment (YEPA) 2016 and set its priority programs for 2017 on 6-8 December 2016 at Room 109, NMP Training Complex, Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City.

The status of accomplishments as of 30 November 2016 were presented vis-à-vis the Office Performance Commitment Review (OPCR) for the year.

As to the conduct of maritime trainings, NMP trained a total of 10,557 trainees who are either aspirants to become seafarers, active seafarers, maritime instructors and assessors or other allied personnel in the maritime industry. This means an accomplishment of 105.57% of the 10,000 target trainees to be trained for the year. This is the result of 29 training courses implemented in 2016.

The NMP assessed 100% (4,860) of all qualified certificated trainees against the competency standard under Chapters V & VI of the STCW Code, as amended. Further, 2,082 applied and issued by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) their Certificates of Proficiency (COP).

As part of NMP’s commitment to prompt service, 100% of the trainees received their certificates within 2 weeks from successful completion of all courses requirements. Likewise, 99.11% of the respondent-trainees rated the NMP trainings as good or better. These figures reflect the NMP’s untiring endeavors to ensure the quality of its training offerings.

During the year, 5 additional STCW courses were accredited by the MARINA. Another 5 courses were likewise submitted to MARINA for accreditation. Representatives of MARINA have recently completed the inspection in connection with the NMP’s application for accreditation of these courses.

On maritime researches, 2 studies were completed, namely, Situation Awareness and the Decision-Making Process in Collision Avoidance at Sea (The Filipino Marine Deck Officers in Focus), and Tracer Study of NMP Graduates, 2012-2014. A third research, which is the NMP Gender Sensitivity Training for Seafarers (GSTS) Course: A Program Evaluation, is 78% completed.

The 2015 completed researches titled Maritime Skills Assessment and Training Needs of Workers in Shipbuilding & Ship Repair Sector and Potential of Impact of the ASEAN Integration on Philippine Maritime Manpower were presented in a stakeholders’ forum conducted on 27 April 2016 at The Bayleaf, Intramuros, Manila.

During the said forum, 92.59% (25 out of 27) of the maritime-stakeholder participants rated the completed researches as good or better. More importantly, monitoring of these researches showed that its recommendations, translated into Plans of Actions, were endorsed to concerned regulatory agencies and utilized as inputs in the formulation of policies.

Simultaneously, administrative and support programs were strengthened to achieve these accomplishments. Seventeen appointments were issued in which 15 belong to second-level positions.

Rehabilitation and repair of buildings and facilities were likewise pursued during the year. Among the completed repairs are the Staff Houses 1, 2 & 3, Ratings’ Dormitory, Main Gate Guard House, Watch Tower, Room 101 at the Training Building and the Water System and Piping from Training Building Wells to General Services and Auxiliary Services (GSAS) Building. The repair of 4 school buildings, perimeter fence, GSAS Building and Wing C of the Officers’ Dormitory are 80% completed and on-going.

The turn-over last 27 July 2016 of the maritime training equipment donation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that includes a Tanker-type Totally Enclosed Lifeboat and Davit, Fast Rescue Boat and Davit, Full Mission Global Maritime Distress Safety System Simulator, Full Mission Engine Room Simulator and various safety equipment has significantly contributed towards the improved quality of the delivery of trainings.

Moreover, NMP passed in the surveillance audit conducted by the Anglo-Japanese-American (AJA) auditors on 27-29 July 2016 with no non-conformities and corrective action request (CAR) issued that resulted to NMP’s sustained ISO 9001:2008 certification.

After the performance reports were presented, Mr. Manuel C. Roldan, NMP OIC Executive Director, pushed for the completion of other deliverables that have yet to be completed for 2016.

Afterwards, deliberation on the thrusts and priorities for CY 2017 followed.

The development and enhancement of courses addressing the skills requirements of domestic seafarers was emphasized.

Director Roldan stressed that the NMP needs to respond to the developments taking into consideration the possible effects of the ASEAN integration. “Let us mobilize our resources and develop courses that cater to the needs of our domestic seafarers. We have to enhance their qualifications through trainings and make them the ‘choice seafarers’ in the Southeast Asian route.” he said.

The repackaging of the GOC for GMDSS and the Operational Use of Electronic Chart Display Information System (OUECDIS) to suit the domestic shipping scenario are among the priority actions toward this end.

Apart from additional STCW courses next year, courses to be developed and offered are courses on Oily Water Separator, Crude Oil Washing and Inert Gas System (COW/IGS) and Cargo Winch Operation.

? Meanwhile, as the only maritime training and research agency in the country, NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention as amended in 2010 and other value-adding courses. It also regularly conducts maritime studies to come up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the industry.

The NMP encourages those interested to avail of its maritime training programs to visit the NMP facebook page (\nmptrainingcenter) and website ( where all related information on NMP trainings are available.

By: Ma. Jasmin J. Andrade
Date & Time Posted: 2016-12-21 11:11:38