Nine employees of the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a maritime training center attached to the Department of Labor and Employment, were granted by the Department of Science and Technology the Certificate of Eligibility to the Magna Carta for Scientists, Engineers, Researchers, and other Science and Technology (S&T) Personnel in the Government.

This was announced yesterday by Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz who received the confirmation of the grant from Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario G. Montejo.

“We are glad that from our ranks, we have employees who are eligible to the grant under R.A. No. 8439, which aims to promote and maintain the development of scientists, researchers, and engineers,” said Baldoz.

The employees who were certified eligible under R.A. No.8439, and who all belong to the NMP Maritime Research and Development Division, are Nancy O. Buatis, Science Research Specialist I; Daniel Jarydd S. Cinch, Computer Programmer II; Daniel Gerard P. Diaz, Information Systems Researcher II; Ma. Nissa C. Espiritu, Supervising Science Research Specialist; Emmanuel Jesus M. Laguitan, Training Specialist V; Joseph B. Pagaduan, Training Specialist I; Lowie S. Polic, Training Specialist I; Andrew D. Soledad, Information Technology Office I; and Ponciano V. Trinidad, Training Specialist IV.

The effectivity of their eligibility, which will entitle them for Magna Carta benefits, such as honoraria, share in royalties, and other allowances,(except for hazard allowance, which shall be applied for separately), will be from February 24, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

The certificate of eligibility can be renewed, subject to the evaluation of the DOST.

All non-DOST System personnel in government who are involved in S&T activities may avail of the benefits under R.A. No. 8439 upon certification of the DOST Secretary.

“The certification of our research personnel will boost the staff profile of the National Maritime Polytechnic, which is the only government-owned maritime training center in the Philippines. I highly encourage them to maintain their eligibilities, and to continuously upgrade their professional qualifications,” Baldoz said.

Baldoz commended NMP OIC Executive Director Manuel C. Roldan for enabling his research and development personnel attain the eligibility. She also encouraged them to continue conducting maritime researches in support to policy and program development.  “You must uphold the NMP’s position as Philippines’ premier training center for Filipino seafarers,” said Baldoz.

The NMP provides 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 Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention as amended.

NMP does not offer degree courses like B.S Marine Transportation or B.S Marine Engineering nor two-year courses, but its clients are active seafarers, manning, and crewing agencies who are in the business of deploying Filipino seafarers for employment on board 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.

NMP sits on a sprawling 15-hectare complex in Barangay Cabalawan, right at the foot of the San Juanico Bridge, in Tacloban City. Its Manila Office is located at the 2nd Floor of the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) Bldg. at Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.


NMP can be contacted through the following numbers: Tacloban Training Complex (053)321 – 3353/3356/9920; 325 – 5160; 09392753849; Manila Office (02) 899 – 3683/897 – 2767


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