picture: Usec. Jacinto V. Paras delivering his Keynote
Speech. Right picture: NMP Key officials answering the
questions posed by the media.
stakeholders’ forum and media forum
March 28, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – As
part of the Agency’s commitment to improve the maritime industry,
the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) thru its Maritime Research
and Development Division (MRDD) conducted a Stakeholders’ Forum and
Media Forum on 22 March 2018 at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila.
The Stakeholders’ Forum served as a venue for NMP to present the
three (3) completed researches in CY 2017, namely: Skills Gaps
Analysis of Maritime Faculty in Philippine Maritime Higher Education
Institutions (MHEIs); Gender Sensitivity Training for Seafarers (GSTS)
Course: A Program Evaluation; and Responding to the Filipino
Seafarers’ Training Requirements in the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments:
Challenges and Opportunities.
Usec. Jacinto V. Paras quoted during his keynote speech an African
proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you
want to go far, go with others.” He said that “Going far simply
can’t be done without people to support you.” He emphasized the need
to sustain cooperation and collaboration between and among maritime
stakeholdersto be able to respond to the ever growing needs of the
Findings of the researches were disseminated to the industry
stakeholders from the government, maritime education and training
(MET) institutions, maritime associations, seafarers’ organizations,
shipping companies and manning agencies. Recommendations from the
researches may serve as valuable inputs to policy making and program
development that impact on the Filipino seafarers as a special
workforce of the country.
The forum also served as a platform for NMP to launch its e-Research
Information System which was developed to communicate to the public
its conducted researches, engage interested stakeholders to
collaborate in ongoing research undertakings, solicit researchable
areas, enjoin the MET practitioners to contribute papers and
articles for the Philippine Journal on Maritime Education and
Training (PJMET) and facilitate linkages between and among
stakeholders and concerned maritime agencies both for the private
and the government entity.
Along with the Philippine Development Plan of the Duterte
Administration, the NMP crafted its Strategic Plan 2018-2020 within
its mandate and towards its vision as “The Philippines’ leader in
maritime training, including e-learning and research”. The said plan
was also presented during the forum for further inputs from the
stakeholders as a way of validating its responsiveness to the
industry that the NMP serves as well as to introduce possible areas
of collaboration in the implementation of the plan.
The conduct of research is one of the mandates of NMP, in which
research output are utilized to formulate policies and regulations
for the improvement of the maritime manpower sector of the industry.
NMP is also mandated to conduct researches on the latest maritime
In the afternoon of the said day, a Media Forum was organized by NMP
to communicate to the national media the highlights of
accomplishments of the Agency, strategic directions and major
programs, projects and activities towards its vision and mission.
There were forty-nine (49) participants to the stakeholders’ forum
while the media forum was attended by twenty (20) media outlets
mostly members of Maritime Journalists Association of the
Philippines (MJAP), Inc., headed by Ms. Carmela I. Huelar, its
Aside from its research function, the 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
Those interested to take NMP training programs may visit the NMP
website www.nmp.gov.ph and its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter)
where all related information on NMP trainings are available.