(Top left photo: Covering and checking of compendia; Top right photo: painting works;
Bottom photos: Installation of CCTV)

The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) Manila Office gears up to welcome its trainees for Training Course for Instructors (IMO MC 6.09) and Assessment, Examination, and Certification of Seafarers (IMO Model Course 3.12).

A booming number of classes started last January 20, 2020 as NMP Manila opened four (4) batches and one (1) batch of classes for IMO MC 6.09 and IMO MC 3.12, respectively. The additional classes for IMO MC 6.09 is a result of the agency’s intensified efforts to address the insistent demand for the said course especially those coming from NCR and Luzon areas.

As part of the agency’s preparation, serious efforts were made to provide the trainees with high value and excellent service as manuals and compendia were checked and covered, lobby walls were repainted, damaged floor tiles were replaced and cemented and chairs and tables were repaired and cleaned.

Likewise, along with the firm commitment to work hand in hand with the management, the NMP Manila regular employees also members of the National Maritime Polytechnic Services Association (NMPSA), made the gearing up quick and smooth as their contribution to the agency’s austerity measures and mission to provide quality training to the Filipino Seafarers.

Recently, the cabling, installation, configuration and commissioning of the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) in Manila Office commenced to monitor the conduct of classes.

It can be recalled that among the NMP’s achievements in maritime training is its pioneering role in the development of continuing training programs for faculty and trainers to enhance their instructional and assessment skills through the conduct of Professional Development Courses (PDC).

Consequently, as the increased need for the said courses continue to arise, the NMP through its partnership with the Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA) accepts scholars under the Skills-for-Employment-Scholarship Program (SESP) wherein the training cost amounting to Fourteen Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (₱14,500) will be shouldered by OWWA and can be enrolled by an OWWA OFW-member or beneficiary in any of the three (3) PDCs namely, IMO MC 6.09, IMO MC 3.12, and Simulator Instructors and Assessors (IMO Model Course 6.10).

On the other hand, OWWA Filipino-seafarer members can also avail the Seafarers Upgrading Program (SUP) in which training assistance will be provided by the said office.

Moreover, with the launching of the NMP App which can be downloaded in Google Playstore, trainees can immediately track or verify their enrollment in their preferred PDC schedule. Accordingly, the App also aims to aid its stakeholders in verifying the authenticity of NMP issued certificates.

Further, in its sound efforts to fulfill and realize its mandate, NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 including value-addition 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 and procedures for the improvement of the industry’s manpower sector.

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.