Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday commended the National Maritime Polytechnic, a DOLE-attached agency located in Cabalawan, Tacloban City, for its prudence and wise use of government money which resulted in a hefty savings of P6.5 million in expenses for the repair of a training boat.
Citing the report of NMP Executive Director Roldan, Baldoz said the enclosed life boat is now installed and in place at the NMP’s boat davit.
It can be recalled that the enclosed boat was destroyed at the height of Typhoon Yolanda.
“The boat is now fully operational; its engine fully repaired and installed. The boat davit itself is, likewise, fully operational,” said Executive Director Roldan in his report.
The NMP official, however, said the bottom portion of the boat’s hull is still to be repaired. “In a week’s time, this will be done because the bottom portion of the boat’s hull can only be reached if the boat is lifted by a crane,” he said.
He said the repair work for the fiber glass-made training boat was done by the school itself, and cost only P150,000 because the repair was done by local skilled repairers who used mostly local available materials. The amount included the rental of a crane to lift the boat and install it to its davit.
Roldan said estimates by a boat repair company for the boat, its engine, and the davit was P7 million. The boat, before it was destroyed, was being used by NMP students for the conduct of STCW-regulated training which the NMP had asked the MARINA for accreditation.
According to Roldan, the NMP had earlier submitted to the MARINA five more courses for accreditation and said the accredited body had already conducted an inspection. “We are in the process of complying with the inspectors’ observations which we need to do within a 30-day period,” he said.