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NMP Holds Turn Over Ceremony for the Change in Leadership

The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), the premier government operated maritime training and research institute in the country, held a turn over ceremony for the transfer of NMP stewardship on Friday, 27 January 2017 at the facade of the Administration Building of NMP in Cabalawan, Tacloban City.

During the ceremony, the newly-appointed NMP Executive Director Dr. Romulo V. Bernardes, D.M., CESO V together with Deputy Executive Director Mayla N. Macadawan received the NMP flag and key that symbolize the duties, responsibilities and leadership from outgoing OIC Executive Director Manuel C. Roldan, CESO III and OIC Deputy Executive Director Jeffrey D. Cortazar.

In his speech, the outgoing OIC Executive Director reported the NMP’s achievements during his time as the head of agency.

“I came to NMP less than a year after Typhoon Yolanda and saw the reality. It was the time when the NMP did not have the capability to hold trainings because it was ordered to stop operations because of the devastated equipment. The challenge of reviving the training courses and rehabilitating the facilities was huge.”

“But with the help and cooperation of everybody we were successful. We resumed operations in July 2015 and we were very jubilant. We brought back NMP to its glory. This is something I am proud about - leading people who are capable and committed to the service.”

“I have loved this institution. I am proud and honored to bequeath NMP to its new leaders. I know NMP will go even farther than what I have done. I give this institution to the committed new leadership hoping for the same eagerness and enthusiasm to continue what we have started in working NMP great again from the ruins of Yolanda and onwards.” said Director Roldan.

In her acceptance speech, Deputy Executive Director Macadawan mentioned that her task will not be easy. “But I know that with the help of our colleagues and with the leadership of the incoming Executive Director, my journey will be worth it. We have big shoes to fill considering the exemplary leadership of Director Roldan but with the help of the NMP staff, I know we will all make it. I will be working with you and I will be working for you”.

In his response, Executive Director Bernardes relayed the order of the DOLE Secretary to produce more than 10,000 certificated trainees this year and stressed the significance of Filipino seafarers as the country’s economic partners.

“The NMP can reach its goal with everyone’s help. Let us produce professional seafarers that are globally competitive because Filipinos are competitive.”

“With all humility and sincerity, it is my honor and pride to accept the challenge and the responsibility. The NMP will move forward and will produce more professionals in so far as the maritime industry is concerned.” said Director Bernardes.

In attendance were Director Elias A. Cayanong of DOLE R8 and heads of member-agencies of the DOLE-Regional Coordinating Council, former DOLE Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma, Engr. Rodulfo P. Paner of MARINA, Lt Johonsan A Fabilane PCG, Capt Jonifer C Nuevas PCGA, Commodore Fernando B Bautista PCGA, Capt Bienvenido M Sabenecio III PCGA, Director Alicia E. Nicart of PIA, Dr. Angelita F. Pajaron and Dr. Virginia S. Beltran of Palompon Institute of Technology and Dr. Matias A. Bentor, Jr. of Naval State University. Family members of the outgoing and incoming officials as well as employees and trainees also graced the occasion.

By: Ma. Jasmin J. Andrade
Date & Time Posted: 2017-01-31 10:16:38