To enhance the employability and competitiveness of the Filipino seafarers, the National Maritime Polytechnic will pursue a three-year research agenda which will support its manpower policy review and program development from 2016 to 2018.
Baldoz, citing a report from Executive Director Manuel Roldan, said that in response to the needs of the global maritime industry, the NMP will conduct institutional research undertakings focusing on the continued monitoring of the employment outcomes of graduates, as well as on the improvement of its course offerings.
“The researches will provide inputs for the development and enhancement of value-added programs that respond to industry demands,” said Baldoz during the press conference for the 38th founding of the NMP at the DOLE’s Labor Governance Learning Center in Intramuros, Manila.
The research agenda, which will be conducted from 2016 to 2018, will cover researches on Training Needs Inventory of Maritime Instructors, Assessors & Instructors in Philippine Maritime Education and Training Institutions (METIs) (2016); Situation Awareness and Decision Making Process in Avoiding Collision at Sea: The Filipino Marine Deck Officers in Focus (2016); Program Evaluation on Gender Sensitivity Training for Seafarers Training Course (2016); Tracer Study of NMP Graduates, 2012-2014 (2016); Manning Levels in Domestic Ships (2017); In depth Study on the Merchant Marine Officers’ License Progression (2017); Assessment of MLC 2006 Compliance of Domestic Ships (2017); Responding to the Training Requirements of STCW 2010 Manila Amendments(2017);Existence of “Glass Ceiling” in the Employment of Qualified and Competent Filipino Master Mariners or Chief Engineers Onboard International Ships (2018); and Comparative Study on the Factors Affecting Career Progression to Management Level Positions of Filipino Seafarers and Their Competitors (2018).
“From 2011 to 2015, the NMP‘s research outputs focused on the impact on the well-being of the Filipino seafarers as a special workforce. Its studies also probed into the viability of the Philippines as the premiere manpower provider country in the international labor market,” said Baldoz.
In 2015, NMP assessed the possible impact of the ASEAN integration to shipping and the employment of Filipino seafarers and recommended priority actions for consideration of the stakeholders in maritime manpower employment and development. It employed the collection and examination of available information from previous studies, literatures, and the proceedings of the Maritime Stakeholder’s Forum whose paper presenters and participants were representatives from concerned government agencies, associations from the domestic shipping sector, associations of employers, seafarers, maritime education and training providers and maritime journalists.
It also assessed the maritime training skills and need of workers in the ship building and ship repair sector. The study centered on the qualifications of workers in the shipbuilding and ship repair sector. It comparatively assessed the workers’ available skills qualifications as against the requirements of employers and proposed strategies and approaches to address the identified gaps.
In 2014, the NMP also conducted a tracer study comparing the profile of the 2007-2001 NMP graduates and observed their employment, absorption and skills utilization rates ‘before’ and ‘after’ receiving training at the NMP. The study also determined their employment mobility in terms of progressions in license and ranks on board ships.
The NMP also reviewed maritime laws, rules and regulations and other initiatives issued and implemented from 2002 onwards. The results of the study served as a feedback in the improvement of these laws and other initiatives established by the government.
END/CTM with reports from Bianca Baes and Joan Duroy