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NMP Programs Highlighted During Field Study of WMU Students to the Philippines

Fifteen (15) Master of Science in Maritime Education and Training students from the prestigious World Maritime University (WMU) in Sweden visited the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Intramuros, Manila, on 25 April 2017, as part of the University’s Field Study Program.

The students and WMU Assistant Professor Momoko Kitada were welcomed by Undersecretary Bernard P. Olalia of the Human Capital Development and Regional Operations Cluster and National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) Executive Director Romulo V. Bernardes.

The officials provided overviews of the functions of both agencies.

A presentation of NMP programs and services showcased the agency’s contributions to the development of qualifications of Filipino seafarers for their enhanced employability.

A brief open forum ensued that served as a venue for the exchange of ideas on maritime matters. It centered on the interrelated functions of the different maritime and labor agencies, and the role of the DOLE in the protection and promotion of welfare of seafarers.

Professor Kitada thanked USec. Olalia and Director Benardes for the kind hospitality. “I am looking into possible researchable areas that we can collaborate”, she added.

The brief stay was concluded with a “meet-and-greet” the DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello, III.

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), who coordinated the visit to the country stakeholders, claims that the visit is a unique opportunity to promote the country as a world-class venue for a comprehensive set of maritime services.

Other institutions visited include the Maritime Industry Authority, Magsaysay Transport & Logistics Corporation, Philippine Coast Guard, Associated Marine Officers and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines, Marlow Navigation Training Center, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific, Philippine Ports Authority and Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc.

The WMU has an established reputation as a global center for advanced education and research in maritime field. It offers high-quality professional education and provides students with unique insight into the maritime sector. (source: WMU)

NMP is the sole government maritime training and research center in the country and became an attached agency of the DOLE with the issuance of EO 126.

It invests in continuing education for the enhancement of capabilities of personnel. Fourteen (14) technical personnel have completed their Master of Science degrees at the University. These are along the programs in Maritime Education and Training, Shipping Management, Maritime Law and Policy, Marine Engineering, Maritime Safety-Environment Protection and General Maritime Administration and Environmental Protection.

Meanwhile, the 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. It also regularly conducts maritime studies to come up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the industry.


By: Ma. Jasmin J. Andrade
Date & Time Posted: 2017-05-02 14:44:54