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NMP, MMAP Ink Agreement on Resources Sharing for Quality Trainings Enhancement

The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) and the Masters and Mates Association of the Philippines, Inc. (MMAP), signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to strengthen cooperation of enhancing the quality of trainings for Filipino seafarers compliant with the requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping Convention (STCW) for Seafarers as amended in 2010.

The MOA signing between NMP Executive Director Dr. Romulo V. Bernardes and MMAP President Capt. Edwin M. Itable was held on 2 May 2017 at the NMP, Cabalawan, Tacloban City. Undersecretary Bernard P. Olalia of the Department of Labor and Employment and Capt. Rodolfo A. Aspillaga, National Secretary of MMAP, also signed as witnesses.

Through the partnership, the mutual benefits of the parties include: (a) tapping the services of MMAP officials and members as guest lecturers for the NMP’s Deck and other course offerings; (b) provision of 5% discount on training fees to NMP enrollees who are MMAP members; (c) sending of MMAP members as subject matter experts (SMEs) in the development of new courses by the NMP; (d) harnessing MMAP members during the data gathering process in the conduct of researches by the NMP; and (e) accrediting MMAP members with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) before sending to NMP as guest lecturers.

In the same way, the MOA contains the preparation of the NMP of the terms and conditions for the off-site conduct of the Training Course for Simulator Instructors and Assessors (IMO Model Course 6.10) in Manila, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro where MMAP members have access to the needed simulators.

The NMP looks forward to this opportunity of expanding the reach of its maritime training programs and remains open to collaborations with organizations who share the same interest in improving the quality of trainings provided to Filipino seafarers for their employment acceptability and enhanced competitiveness.

Also in attendance during the event were NMP Deputy Executive Director Mayla N. Macadawan; Maritime Training and Development Division Head Capt. Emmanuel Jesus M. Laguitan; Maritime Research and Development Division Head Ms. Grace Marie T. Ayaso; Administrative, Financial and Management Division Head Atty. Ruben Y. Maceda; Engr. Miguel O. Marasigan and Chairperson and Members of the Department of Labor and Employment 8 Regional Coordinating Council.

The MMAP is recognized as a professional group of masters and mates who are pillars of the industry with a significant number of members as MARINA-accredited maritime instructor, assessors and supervisors.

On the other hand, the NMP is a government maritime training center tasked to upgrade and update the country’s maritime manpower through the conduct of upgrading, specialized and basic safety courses in accordance with the requisites of the STCW as amended. It also offers other value-added courses.

The NMP also conducts maritime studies to come up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the industry.

Those interested to avail of its maritime training programs may visit the NMP facebook page (\nmptrainingcenter) and website ( where all related information on NMP trainings are available.

By: Ma. Jasmin J. Andrade
Date & Time Posted: 2017-05-30 11:16:58