The National Maritime Polytechnic is the only government-owned maritime training center in the Philippines established in 1978 to
provide specialization and skills upgrading training to enhance the seafarers employment acceptability. It offers short-term courses
for merchant marine officers and ratings that are required in the 1978 STCW Convention as amended.
The agency does not offer degree courses like B.S Marine Transportation or B.S Marine Engineering nor two-year courses. Our clients are active
seafarers and manning and crewing agencies which are in the business of deploying Filipino seafarers for employment onboard merchant ships.
NMP also accepts individuals aspiring to engage in teaching in maritime education and trainings institution (METIs) and those private individuals who plan
to pursue a maritime career.
The NMP has a tie-up with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) called Seafarers Upgrading Program (SUP)
that offers monetary assistance to qualified seafarers who wish to undergo training at NMP.
Qualified seafarers may visit the nearest OWWA regional office for details or log on to www.owwa.gov.ph or call (632) 891 - 7601 to 24
at OWWA Center, F.B Harrison corner 7th Streets, Pasay City.
Snacks are served at the NMPSA Snack Center while meals are available at the NMP canteen for P90/day per pax consisting of 3 meals.
There are several eateries outside the NMP offering local food at competitive prices however, the NMP does not recommend eating outside as
these eateries are not monitored by the agency Auxiliary Services.
The training center collects minimal dormitory fees on a daily, weekly and monthly rates. Merchant marine officers are billeted at the
Officers Dormitory while the Ratings Dormitory serves as temporary home of cadets and ratings. Billeting is optional and trainees may stay
outside the NMP.
There are also rooms for paying guests. Both trainees and guests pay for laundry and linen charges. Charges shall be in accordance with
approved schedule per Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Dormitory Fee Collection Policy (OED MC 011.2003) as follows:
Tacloban is accessible by air, sea and land transportation. Flight duration from Manila to Tacloban is
approximately an hour via Philippine Air Lines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Air. Daily flight schedules are available thru website of these airlines.
Only few flights are available from Cebu to Tacloban route.
There is no passenger ship plying Tacloban route. However, a good number of passenger ships
and fast crafts ply by Cebu-Ormoc route are available. Shipping lines sailing Cebu-Ormoc are Roble Shipping, Lite Shipping, Weesam and Supercat Fast Craft. Voyage from Cebu-Ormoc is approximately 4 hours
for a regular trip and 2 hours on board fast craft vessel. Daily sailing schedule are available on the websites of these shipping lines.
Tacloban can be reached in 22 hours by bus from Manila and 16 hours from Davao.
Most bus companies ply the Pasay/Cubao route with Tacloban as a major transit point.
The main points of entry are through the DZR Airport and the Tacloban New Bus Terminal. NMP is 12 kilometers away from the city proper
and can be reached in 30 minutes using public utility transport. Public Utility Jeep fare to or from NMP is P13.00 while tricycle for hire charges
around P50.00. Minimum taxi fare is about P100.00.