The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) whose mandate is to train and upgrade the country’s maritime manpower resources through upgrading and specialization programs, integrating values to social transformation for both merchant marine officers and ratings gained a remarkable thirty-two percent (32%) increase in the number of trainees taking Professional Development Courses (PDC) composed of three (3) training programs.

Based on the agency’s Maritime Training Information System (MTIS) which holds the data for all enrollees (both for NMP Manila and Tacloban), an increase of 408 trainees or 32 percent (%) compared to the total number of 1,272 trained last CY 2016.

A large mass of the increase of the total number of trainees came from NMP manila office which offers solely PDC courses. It can be recalled that NMP Manila office strategized in adding additional classrooms to hold the increasing demand of trainees for the said courses.

NMP manila office offers 2 training courses under the PDC namely; IMO Model Course 6.09 a d IMO Model Course 6.10, abovementioned training courses does not require simulators. The statistics would entail the demand for the said training courses and would also mean that the location of the agency’s office in Manila is strategic and ideal.

PDC courses, are course being offered to Seafarers who intends to become a trainer and help enhance the maritime manpower and the industry as a whole.

IMO Model Course 6.09 (TRAINING COURSE FOR INSTRUCTORS AND ASSESSORS) is designed to facilitate the delivery of training in the competence standards required by the IMO Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW 95). After the successful completion of the course, the trainees will be able to, plan and prepare effective teaching and instruction, select appropriate methods of instruction and teaching materials and evaluate the teaching and learning process.

IMO Model Course 6.10 (TRAINING COURSE FOR SIMULATOR INSTRUCTORS & ASSESSORS) includes technical aspects of teaching that have a direct relation with the maritime simulator world. On completion of the course, the future maritime instructors will be able to contribute in formulating a training policy both the macro, as well as the micro level. The future instructors will have a basis for evaluating the whole process of training. The crucial aim is to develop individual simulator instructor traits.

IMO Model Course 3.12 (ASSESSMENT, EXAMINATION & CERTIFICATION OF SEAFARERS) includes introductory classroom instruction on the assessment, examination and certification of seafarers (in particular masters, mates, chief engineers and engineers and engineer officers), covering the international provisions for training, assessment, examination and certification of masters, officers and ratings. After the successful completion of the course, the trainees will able to administer and supervise assessment of seafarer competence in accordance with the provisions of Section A-I-6 of the STCW Code.

Likewise, NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch keeping for Seafarers (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 to take NMP training programs may visit the NMP website and its Facebook page ( where all related information on NMP trainings are available.