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Jul 06, 2017
Long-term program launched to improve competence of Filipino seafarers

Manila, Philippines - The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) launches a 10-year Maritime Industry Development Program (MIDP) which involves plans for the country’s entire maritime industry including manpower training and development, regulations, shipyard, local and overseas shipping and fishing.

Marina Administrator Dr. Marcial Amaro III led the launch of the program citing the country’s need to produce more competent seafarers and port workers because of the ever-changing technology in ship management.

Amaro noted the particular demand of the maritime manpower sector is one of the reasons why they have launched the MIDP and to be able to come up with plans and programs that would make our seafarers and workers more competitive.

“We want to be able to produce doable and sustainable programs coming from all stakeholders in the industry to be able to produce highly qualified seafarers. We also want to create a robust shipbuilding industry, a dynamic shipping hub and sustainable fishing sector to make the Philippines a major maritime country not just in Asia but the world.”

Amaro also pointed out that aside from the expected shortage of officers for seafarers, there is a need to retool seamen on the latest technology to keep their competitiveness in the world market.

“We are still among the leading providers of seafarers in the world but many countries are studying to be equally competitive if not more competitive and are ready to take our place if we fail to cope with the changing times. They are just waiting to lose our competitiveness,” said Amaro.


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