Labor and Employment Undersecretary Dominador R. Say recently led the inauguration of the newly-rehabilitated National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) Ratings’ Dormitory at Brgy. Cabalawan in Tacloban City.


Undersecretary Say, who represented Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, led the inauguration of the newly-rehabilitated dormitory in a ceremony attended by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Deputy Administrator Liberty Casco, Atty. Primo Elvin Siosana of Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Director Eleanor BA Fernandez, Atty. Jesus Sales of Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP), Lt. Johnsan Fabilane of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Dr. Elizabeth Salabas of Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI), alongside with other NMP officials, employees and trainees.


Undersecretary Say expressed his delight on the rise of the NMP from the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda, which devastated the agency’s facilities, including its
dormitories and Learning Resource Center that occupies a portion of its ground floor.


“I share the pride that slowly, we are rising from the ruins. I am happy to see that this institution is back on its feet with these new developments,” said Undersecretary Say.


According to NMP Executive Director Manuel Roldan, the newly-rehabilitated dormitory has 97 rooms that can accommodate 194 seafarers.


“These improvements confirm that the NMP is undeniably pushing ahead in improving its services, particularly in catering to the billeting needs of its trainees,” said Roldan.


Also included in the rehabilitation efforts is the NMP’s Officers’ Dormitory, which is currently undergoing renovation works.


“The NMP dedicates the rehabilitated Ratings’ Dormitory to the Filipino seafarers to reaffirm their continuing commitment to deliver world-class quality maritime training, assessment, and research activities, which will make them more competitive in the international maritime labor market,” Roldan concluded.


The NMP is the only government-owned maritime training and research agency in the country, which continuously upgrades its facilities to provide required maritime trainings pursuant to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention, as amended in 2010 including value-adding courses.


The NMP encourages seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP), which entitles the beneficiary to receive financial assistance from the OWWA to defray for training costs.


Furthermore, it also encourages those interested to avail of its maritime training programs to visit the NMP Facebook page (\nmptrainingcenter) and website ( for related information about NMP’s offered trainings.


END/NMP Report/Tim Laderas

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