Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday lauded the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) for providing maritime training services which enhance the skills and competitiveness of the Filipino seafarers in the international labor market.
“The training services of the NMP significantly contribute to the enhancement of the competence and competitiveness of the Filipino seafarers in the international labor market. This, in turn, redound to the economic stability of the country through the dollar remittances of Filipino seafarers employed onboard international ships,” said Baldoz during the NMP’s 38th founding anniversary at the DOLE’s Labor Governance Learning Center in Intramuros.
The NMP, an attached agency of the Department, is the only government maritime training center in the country.
She said NMP’s maritime training also contributes to the progress of the domestic shipping industry because Filipino seafarers who choose to remain in the country strengthen the local pool of maritime manpower for domestic shipping.
Baldoz, citing a report from Executive Director Manuel Roldan, said the NMP provide training services to the country’s maritime manpower resources in accordance with international and national standards, particularly the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW), as amended, of the International Maritime Organization.
In his report, Roldan said that from 2011-2015, NMP trained 48,140 seafarers and issued 69,269 training certificates. NMP also offers 24 courses consisting of 13 STCW courses, three Professional Development Courses and eight specialized/value-added courses.
The NMP also provided assessment services as basis for the issuance of required certificates for employment of Filipino seafarers, such as Certificate of Proficiency (COP) by the then Maritime Training Council (MTC) and the Certificate of Competency (COC) by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). This is on top of the assessment services provided earlier, since 2002, for ratings in collaboration with the Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Roldan also said that in 2015, NMP submitted its application to the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) for its accreditation as an Assessment Center under STCW Circular 2015-10 as prescribed in Chapters V & VI of the Convention on Watchkeeping. This is in relation to the agency’s thrust of extending its reach in maritime assessment to officers and ratings.
“As an active partner in the maritime industry, representing the government sector, the NMP offers training courses that will further boost the competitive edge of the Filipino seafarers, particularly on the capability of the Management Level Officers (MLOs) or the senior officers on board the ships,” said Roldan.
END/CTM with reports from Patricia Munda