NMP Ties Up with AIFCP, Inc. for Quality IMO MC 3.12 Offering

Meeting between NMP Executive Director Joel B. Maglunsod and Deputy Executive Director Mayla N. Macadawan
with AIFCP, Inc. Officials on 22 December 2020 in Davao City

TACLOBAN CITY – The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), the sole government maritime training and research institute in the country revitalizes its commitment in the delivery of quality training programs for maritime instructors and assessors.

This is manifested through its forging of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Agro Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines Incorporated (AIFCP Inc.), aimed to strengthen cooperation towards the enhancement of the quality of trainings for Filipino seafarers on the conduct of Professional Development Course (PDC), compliant with the requirements of the International Convention on Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Convention (STCW) for Seafarers as amended in 2010.

NMP and AIFCP, Inc. recognize that aside from upgrading the qualifications of the country’s pool of seafarers, advancing the capabilities of maritime faculty is equally critical. The ultimate goal of the collaboration is to ensure that Filipino seafarers obtain the competences necessary in ensuring their employability onboard vessels through effective maritime instructions in accordance with international standards.

Said undertaking is in response to the request of the AIFCP, Inc. for an in-house conduct of the training on IMO MC 3.12, as part of the professional development of their instructors. As agreed by both parties, the training is slated on 25 January 2020 – 05 February 2020 in Davao City.

Accordingly, NMP ensures to conduct approved training programs in accordance with its policies, rules and standards pursuant to international practices in maritime education and training.

“This collaboration is an affirmation of NMP’s capability in terms of expertise and facilities needed in the effective delivery of quality trainings for maritime faculty. Rest assured that instructors who will handle the course are appropriately qualified based on the staff requirements of the Course Framework approved by the MARINA”, said NMP Executive Director Joel B. Maglunsod.

Meanwhile, NMP continues to conduct face-to-face trainings exclusively to the seafarer-trainees residing within Region VIII, imposing strict implementation of the Maritime Industry Authority’s (MARINA) approved Post-Enhanced Community Quarantine Operational Plan and other health and safety protocols as required by the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and local government unit (LGU).
Likewise, seafarers who are interested to avail of the NMP’s FREE online classes on SHAPIMS, PADAMS, and GSTS may register through this link: https://nmp.gov.ph/online-course-offerings/.

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