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Jun 15, 2017
Marina aims to make PH a 'maritime country' in the next decade

Philippines – Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Chief Dr. Marcial Quirico Amaro III sees the plan to takeover a local maritime school as a big opportunity to boost quality of Filipino seafarers in preparing them for international opportunities.

That’s as Amaro stated that the maritime industry is in need of highly qualified supervisors and workers to take charge of the ports in view of the growing demand for shipping in the Southeast Asian region.

In order to address the need for more highly qualified workers for shipboard assignments and shore-based jobs, Amaro said Marina is set to take over the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), the government training center for the maritime industry located in Tacloban City, Leyte.

Amaro said once Marina takes over NMP by the end of 2017 or early 2018, the school would train for free senior officers in the seafaring industry to enable them to cope with the new technology in ship operations and management. It would also train workers for various jobs in the maritime industry including shipyard operations, and port operations.

“Our manpower development system is not just limited to the seamen. We also have the other shore-based workers like the stevedores, dockers, longshoremen and other allied workers. We have more than 400,000 seamen who we want to increase as well as the more than 300,000 workers in our ports. We want to increase the number and their competencies because we want to make our country a major maritime country in the next 10 years,” said Amaro.


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