NMP Cleans Up After Typhoon Ursula
TACLOBAN CITY – National Maritime Polytechnic’s (NMP) mettle as a resilient organization was once again tested when Typhoon Ursula struck Tacloban City on Christmas Eve, 24 December 2019. The 15-hectare campus of NMP including some of buildings and offices was topsy turvy. Pathways and roads were littered with leaves and twigs as plenty of trees were toppled down and some office glass windows were shattered by strong winds and heavy rains. The debris around the complex was quite substantial that signal for immediate clearing and cleaning operations.
With the initiative of NMP’s top management, clearing and cleaning operations were done on 07-08 January 2020. Employees and Job Order Workers (JOWs) were divided into four (4) teams. A briefing was conducted on 06 January 2020 by NMP Executive Director Joel B. Maglunsod together with Engr. Patricio L. Saludar relative to the safety and security measures as well as the designated working areas of each team.
The four (4) teams had been toiling non-stop from 1PM to 5PM to clear the uprooted trees and all debris within the NMP vicinity.
The clean-up operation also provided temporary jobs as NMP employed twenty (20) residents of Brgy. Cabalawan for ten (10) days under the Cash for Work Program.
After working in the sweltering heat, NMP personnel were treated with snacks and drinks courtesy of some NMP officials and the National Maritime Polytechnic Services Association (NMPSA), the sole and exclusive negotiating agent of all rank-and-file employees of NMP.
The restoration process of NMP’s operations had been smooth-sailing. This could never be possible if not of the cooperation and spirit of resilience manifested by the people that constitute the NMP family. There is still more to do and more to prove. NMP, through its workforce, will remain steadfast in its mission and vision which is to provide quality delivery of maritime training, assessment, and research to all Filipino seafarers.