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NMP and MMAP Expand Agreement on Maritime Faculty Development

The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) and the Masters and Mates Association of the Philippines, Inc. (MMAP) signed a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will develop and enhance the teaching skills of maritime faculty across the country.

The MOA signing between NMP Executive Director Dr. Romulo V. Bernardes and MMAP President Capt. Edwin M. Itable was held on 20 July 2017 at the Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila.

The agreement defines the shared responsibilities and benefits of both parties on the conduct and delivery of the Training Course for Instructors (IMO Model Course 6.09) that consist: tapping the services of MMAP officials and members as guest lecturers at NMP; provision of five per cent (5%) discount on training fees to NMP enrollees who are MMAP members; sending of MMAP members as subject matter experts (SMEs) in the development of new courses by the NMP and; accrediting MMAP members with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) before sending to NMP as guest lecturers.

The IMO MC 6.09 is a basic teacher training for maritime instructors designed to equip the maritime instructors with the fundamental skills in instructional delivery.

In May and June 2017, similar agreements were crafted by both parties, strengthening their cooperation to improve the quality trainings for Filipino seafarers, particularly on the conduct of the Training Course for Simulator Instructors and Assessors (IMO MC 6.10) and Training Course on Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers (IMO MC 3.12).

Part of the latest agreement is the off-site conduct of the IMO MC 6.09 in Manila, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro, over and above its regular offerings in NMP Tacloban and Manila.

The NMP and MMAP recognize that aside from upgrading the qualifications of the country’s pool of seafarers, advancing the capabilities of maritime faculty is equally critical. The ultimate goal of the collaboration is to ensure that Filipino seafarers obtain the competences necessary in ensuring their employability onboard vessels through effective maritime instructions in accordance with international standards.

Also in attendance during the event were Capt. Emmanuel Jesus M. Laguitan, Atty. Ruben Y. Maceda and Ms. Evelyn T. Futol from the NMP; Capt. Rodolfo A. Aspillaga, National Secretary of the MMAP and Engr. Miguel O. Marasigan.

The MMAP is a renowned professional group of masters and mates who are pillars in the Philippine maritime industry.

On the other hand, the NMP is the sole government maritime training center that offers upgrading, specialized and basic safety courses in accordance with the requirements of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention as amended in 2010. It also offers other value-added courses.

By: Ma. Jasmin J. Andrade
Date & Time Posted: 2017-07-31 16:31:07