DOLE USec. Ebarle Inaugurates NMP’s Wharf Extension

Inauguration of the Wharf Extension for the Free-Fall Lifeboat (Top Photo from left to right: Deputy Executive Director Ponciano Ligutom, Fr. Bert David Carillo, DOLE USec. Renato Ebarle, Executive Director Joel Maglunsod, and Contractor)

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary Renato L. Ebarle representing DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III led the inauguration of the National Maritime Polytechnic’s (NMP’s) Wharf Extension for the Free-Fall Enclosed Lifeboat held on 16 December 2019 at the NMP’s Boat Davit Area.

The said construction was conceptualized in view of the donated Free-Fall Enclosed Lifeboat by the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seaman’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP), one of the members of the NMP Board of Trustees (BOT).

With the approval of the NMP BOT during its 1st Regular Meeting held last January 18, 2018, the proposal to utilize the insurance proceeds from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) relative to the destruction brought by the Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 for the Wharf Extension for the Free-Fall Enclosed Lifeboat project, was made possible.

The construction started on November 16, 2018 amounting to Php 26,276,022.17.

Present during the ceremony were DOLE USec. Ebarle, NMP Executive Director Joel Maglunsod, NMP Deputy Executive Director Ponciano Ligutom, Fr. Bert David Carillo, contractor of the Wharf Extension, and NMP employees.

Consequently, this addition to the NMP’s existing training facilities would significantly improve the conduct of quality maritime training services and would enable NMP to offer the Proficiency in Free-Fall Lifeboat Course which is targeted to be developed by NMP’s Curriculum Development Section (CDS) this end of June 2020.

Meanwhile, NMP also regularly conducts maritime studies to come up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the industry. Those interested in NMP research undertakings may visit the NMP website ( and access the e-Research Information System Portal which is designed to disseminate NMP completed researches, present the Research Agenda and engage the industry stakeholders to collaborate in the research activities.

For more information about NMP trainings, viewers may visit the agency’s facebook page ( where all related information on NMP trainings are available.

Further, NMP encourages OWWA registered seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) and Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) which entitles the beneficiary to receive financial assistance for training costs from the OWWA.