The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) represented by its Executive Director, Dr. Romulo V. Bernardes, and four (4) of the technical personnel of the agency including the Head of the Maritime Training and Assessment Division (MTAD), Captain Emmanuel Jesus Laguitan conducted the Basic Safety Training for Motorboat Handlers/Fisherman Operators with Typhoon preparedness (MBHOF) last October 26-27, 2017 at the Panud-ay Resort, Brgy. Punod, San Isidro Leyte with thirty-one (31) Fisher folk’s / Motorboat handler’s participants.

Director Bernardes, in his opening speech warmly welcomed the participants and emphasized the importance of the training being conducted as far as safety is concerned. Even with the stock knowledge a fisherman would have, the training can supplement their knowledge and skills and even introduce some new techniques and procedures in safety of life at sea.

The Basic Safety Training for MBHOF is composed of five modules including Elementary First Aid with Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Maritime Sector (PADAMS) & STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Maritime Sector (SHAPIMS), Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Firefighting, Rules of the Road and Marine Environment Protection.

The training is the first event after the signing of MOA for MBHOF between NMP, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) last August 7, 2017. And to be conducted on other LGUs in the region.

The MBHOF training is in conformity with the NMP Course Plan as approved by the Board of Trustees on March 19, 2007

Meanwhile, NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping 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