Discussion on the programs of the NMP with Lite Shipping Corporation

TACLOBAN CITY – The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) sets out its training course offerings to the members of the Industry Tripartite Council (ITC) in Maritime during the ITC Maritime Dialogue in Cebu City.

In compliance to its mandate, NMP’s Executive Director Joel B. Maglunsod during his talk stated that NMP being a premier government training and research center commits to provide excellent public service to its stakeholders through the conduct of quality trainings and researches.

Capt. Chito Go, Head of NMP’s Curriculum Development Section (CDS), highlighted during NMP’s presentation its two (2) newly developed courses namely, (1)Training on Safe Mooring Practices to address the specific needs of Roble Shipping Industy (RSI) and (2) Operation of an Oily Water Separator Course.

He also reported that NMP pioneered in the development of the continuing training programs for faculty and trainers to enhance their instructional and assessment skills through the conduct of Professional Development Courses (PDC) wherein NMP can conduct offsite training in Cebu through forging of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).In his statement, Capt. Go stressed, “NMP continuously develops courses depending on the needs of the manning or shipping companies. As the sole government maritime training center, NMP has the lowest training fees in the industry actually right now with the collaboration of NMP and Roble Shipping Industry (RSI) on the conduct of the Safe Mooring Practices the only fee NMP asks is 50 pesos which is for the certificates because NMP’s mandate is to provide quality training and to upgrade seafarers. Even the training fee for the Oily Water Separator Course is 200 pesos only that is because ours is to provide service considering we are a government entity. Also, NMP ensures quality training as it is equipped with state of the art facilities and competent instructors and assessors.”

Concurrently, the NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 including value-adding courses towards improving the qualifications of Filipino seafarers for their employment acceptability and enhanced competitiveness.

Further, NMP also regularly conducts maritime studies to come up with researches that would serve as a basis for policy formulation and program development for the improvement of the labor work force in the maritime industry.

Those interested in NMP research undertakings may visit the NMP website (www.nmp.gov.ph) 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 (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter) where all related information on NMP trainings is available.

NMP also 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.