TACLOBAN CITY – Eight employees who have rendered continuous service to the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) from ten (10) to thirty-five (35) years received well-deserved honor during the conferment program held at the NMP Administration Building last 20 July 2020.

A fresh and inspiring start took place as the NMP Loyalty Awarding happened on the same day of the resumption of the NMP classes after the training suspension on 16 March 2020 brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The honorees that were recognized for their continuous and satisfactory services were:            Mr. Jay Arr Bryan Margallo for 10 years of service, Ms. Ma. Dessa Joy Bautista for 25 years of service), Ms. Maria Sandra Gallardo, Ms. Rosario Vinculado, Ms. Salvacion Cañete,          Ms. Elena Santos and Ms. Nancy Buatis for 30 years of service, and Ms. Lilibeth Go for 35 years of service.

“Today we give honor to our employees who have given their dedication, faithful work, and devotion to the Agency”, said NMP Executive Director Joel B. Maglunsod in his Inspirational Message.  He then encouraged other employees to continue serving the Agency and its clients, the Filipino seafarers, with vigor and loyalty and hence contribute to the achievement of NMP’s goals and objectives.

In her acceptance speech, Ms. Go, who rendered 35 years of service in NMP, reminisced in her acceptance speech her memory lane with NMP back in the year 1985 when she was still a Clerk I and how the institution molded her to become what she is now.

Through a voice clip, Ms. Bautista, Training Specialist III assigned at the NMP Manila Office who rendered 25 years of dedicated service in NMP shared, “It never crossed my mind that I will get this far, by this far I mean, I will be able to touch lives, nurture learners and create steps to a person’s stairway to success”.

Also, in response, the 10 years of service awardee, Mr. Margallo highlighted his myriad of experiences with NMP that impacted his life in a meaningful and memorable way. “NMP is really fortunate to have a vibrant and happy workforce, group of very special people who commit to their jobs on a daily basis – even when the going gets tough’, he added.

The occasion concluded with the words from Atty. Ruben Y. Maceda, Chief Administrative Officer, as he emphasized career growth and goal-setting as a vital vision for all employees.

The conferment of Loyalty Awards is pursuant to Section 7 Rule X of the Omnibus Rules and Implementing Book V of Executive Order No. 292 and the NMP Program on Awards and Incentive for Service Excellence (PRAISE) providing for the grant of Loyalty Awards to employees who have rendered a minimum of ten (10) years of service and a multiple or five (5) years of service thereafter in the Agency.

The loyalty incentive is granted to an employee who has served NMP continuously and satisfactorily for at least ten (10) years.  The recipient is entitled to a cash bonus in the amount of P 1,000 per year subject to the existing CSC policies and availability of funds.

However, those who have received the cash award for their first ten (10) years in service shall, upon reaching fifteen (15) years shall only receive the cash award for the succeeding five (5) years and so on.

Currently, the NMP has a total number of seventy-nine (79) plantilla positions with six vacancies to be filled-up.

Meanwhile, in its effort to sustain its mandate in providing quality service through upgrading and specialized training programs, NMP continues to maintain and upgrade its facilities and its pool of competent instructors. Those Interested to take the training courses may visit the NMP website @ www.nmp.gov.ph or visit the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ nmptrainingcenter) where all updates and relevant information on NMP programs are available.

Interested stakeholders who wish to validate the authenticity of their seafarers-employed with NMP issued certificates may visit www.verify.nmp.gov.ph.  Likewise, 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.

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.