NMP Holds Sportsfest 2019

TACLOBAN CITY – Considering that a healthy workforce is among the primary concern of the government, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) thru its Sports Committee officially opened the NMP SportsFest 2019 on 05 April 2019, part of its slate of activities for the NMP’s 41st Founding Anniversary.

The sportsfest was aimed to foster friendships and teamwork among NMP personnel which will ultimately translate into greater enthusiasm, efficiency and productivity in the discharge of their respective duties and responsibilities in the Agency.

Divided in four (4) teams, NMP employees and Job Order Workers (JOWs) spent the whole afternoon competing in a fun and joyful atmosphere. The different teams (Yellow Tigers, Red Warriors, Green Wave, and Blue Hounds) together with their gorgeous muses paraded in NMP grounds.
During its formal opening at the NMP Gymnasium, NMP Executive Director, Joel B. Maglunsod thanked the committee who organized the said activity.

“Bago natin simulan ang paligsahang ito, gusto ko munang pasalamatan ang mga tao o committee na nag organisa sa kasayahan na ito. Pinahahalagahan namin ang lahat ng iyong mga pagsisikap at bilang kapalit, ipinapangako namin na magkaroon ng kasiya-siya at friendly na kumpetisyon hangga’t maaari!”, said ED Maglunsod.

On a personal note, he also shared what he loves about events such as the SporstFest.

“Ang aking pinakagugustohan sa mga kaganapang tulad nito ay kapag umapak tayo sa larangan ng atletiko, lahat tayo ay nagiging pantay-pantay. Pinapasok natin ang isang larangan na kung saan ang opisyal na rango at ang estraktura ng organisasyon ay hindi kinakailangan, tayo ay nagiging pantay pantay na indibidwal na nagpapakitang gilas upang magbigay aliw at maaliw at higit sa lahat, upang subukin ang ating kakayahan sa pakikipagtagisan sa bawat isa.

The much awaited lighting of torch came next, symbolizing peace, unity, and friendship participated in by the heads of the four (4) organizational units of NMP, namely: Maritime Training ad Assessment Division (MTAD), Maritime Research and Development Division (MRDD), Administrative, Financial and Management Division (AFMD), and Office of the Executive Director (OED). It was followed by the participants’ oath of sportsmanship led by Mr. Andrew D. Soledad, Chairperson of the NMP Sports Committee.

Under the sports program, all teams will engage in a friendly basketball men and volleyball mixed competition to be held at the NMP Gymnasium every Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm – 5pm. The awarding of winners will be conducted during the 41st Anniversary Celebration of NMP tentatively slated on 03 May 2019.

Meanwhile, 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. It 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 (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 are available.

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