Since it was founded 38 years ago, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) has issued 320,225 certificates in various courses to both Filipino seafarers–officers and ratings, a feat that Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said augurs well for the NMP’s future as the government’s national maritime training and research agency.
Speaking at a press conference in Intramuros to announce the NMP’s 38th year anniversary, Baldoz said an NMP certificate is a true guarantee of seamanship. “A Filipino seafarer holding a certificate from the NMP rates high in global maritime and in the estimation of employers,” she said.
On its anniversary, Baldoz urged the NMP to continue its work of enhancing the skills of Filipino seafarers so they may sustain the country’s world-class reputation as the premier supplier of seafarers to world maritime.
The labor and employment chief said that the NMP, whose campus and facilities are located in Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City, has contributed to the development of the Philippine maritime industry in terms of enhancing the Filipino seafarers’ competitiveness in global maritime.
Because the NMP’s 38th anniversary falls on Labor Day, Executive Director Roldan said the NMP has decided to forego any lavish celebration. Instead, it will spend the day participating in the DOLE-RCC celebration of Labor Day in Tacloban City.
“We will have our booth at the Labor Day Job and Career Fair at St. Paul’s College in Palo, Leyte. We will conduct consultation and orientation on how to become a seafarer, distribute enrolment application forms to prospective seafarer trainees, and show corporate video about NMP’s accomplishments,” Roldan said.
In 2015, a year after Typhoon Yolanda, NMP targeted an enrolment of 5,213, and exceeded this target by 6 percent, enrolment reaching 5,473.
“Please note that this is only for a half-year operation, when the NMP was still recovering from the devastation of the Typhoon,” he said.
For 2016, Roldan said the NMP set a target of 10,000 enrollees in all its 24 courses. It also targets two full-blown researches, the first on training needs assessment and job analyses of maritime instructors, assessors, and supervisors of maritime training and education institutions, and second, on situation awareness and decision-making process in avoiding collision at sea, with focus on Filipino marine deck officers.
In mid-May, the NMP will formally accept a JICA hand-over of its donation of maritime training equipment, fast rescue boat, enclosed life boat, global maritime distress signal system (GMDSS)–a satellite-based communication system, engines room simulator, and various safety equipment.
“The donation is worth P150 million pesos,” said Director Roldan, who has personally invited Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, NMP Chairperson, to attend the formal hand-over.
The NMP, according to Roldan, has networked with the International Management Association of Japan, through its Manila representative, Captain Yasuteru Shigita, for the training of Filipino maritime officers in IMO MC 6.10, otherwise known as Training for Simulator Assessors.
“For this year, Japanese companies employing Filipino seafarers will send an initial 40 maritime officers under the training arrangement, to be funded by the IMAJ,” said Roldan.
“We are blessed on the 38th anniversary foundation of the NMP. We remain focused and committed to our mandate of producing world-class Filipino seafarers,” said Roldan.