of the NMP Stakeholders’ Forum on NMP 2018 Completed
Researches on 28 March 2019 at The Bayleaf, Intramuros.
NMP shares 2018
completed researches to stakeholders
April 4, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
True to its commitment of improving the welfare and development of
the Filipino seafarers through the conduct of maritime researches,
the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) conducted a Stakeholders’
Forum on 28 March 2019 at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila.
The activity was organized
by NMP’s Maritime Research and Development Division (MRDD) aimed to
disseminate its researches as well as provide a venue for discussion
on results particularly those having policy implications, – three
(3) researches were presented, namely:
Harbor Pilotage in the Philippines: A Review of Interventions in
Licensing, Appointment and Capability Building of Harbor Pilots
The study aims to review
the interventions that have been established by the government and
other stakeholders in maintaining robust and effective pilotage
services in the country.
objectives of the study are: 1) Examine the policy and regulatory
framework on harbor pilotage in the Philippines, in general, and on
licensing, appointment, and capability building, in particular. 2)
Analyze implementation gaps of these policies and regulations. 3)
Identify policy and program recommendations to enhance the harbor
pilotage services in the Philippines.
Findings of the study will
provide valuable inputs in the review and enhancement of policies
and practices governing pilotage in the different pilotage districts
in the country, particularly in the licensing, appointment and
capability building of the country’s harbor pilots, and on other
vital concerns raised by stakeholder-respondents. Improved and
harmonized policies and regulations issued by regulatory bodies,
which are complied by concerned stakeholders will lead to robust and
efficient harbor pilotage services towards an efficient maritime
transport system in the country.
Required Non-Technical (Soft Skills) by Employers for Shipboard
Employment of Management Level Officers (MLOs)
The study seeks to examine
the required training programs that are beyond the requirements of
the Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW), as
amended, focusing on the non-technical skills of MLOs that are
assessed and required by the employers.
objectives of the study are: 1) Determine the non-technical skills
of the management level deck and engine officers for their rank and
position onboard vessels, as required by employers. 2) Determine the
interventions implemented by employers to enhance the non-technical
skills of the MLOs, 3) Determine the availability of the identified
training programs for the non-technical skills requirements of MLOs.
Findings of the study will
provide significant inputs in providing interventions that will
equip the Filipino seafarers with value-added skills on top of the
technical skills required under the 1978 STCW, as amended, to make
them the ‘choice’ seafarers in the international maritime labor
Philippine Maritime Manpower Factbook 2018
This is an initiative to
gather and present in one comprehensive report data and statistics
in the Philippine maritime industry to make these readily available
and accessible to industry stakeholders.
Primarily, it aims to
provide a picture of the Philippine maritime manpower sector,
presented in graphs and figures that are derived from existing data
from various source agencies, published reports and research
findings. Other significant country data are provided to give a
holistic snapshot of the Philippines as a maritime nation.
This research project will
provide a valuable tool to industry stakeholders, affording them
valuable data and statistics on the country’s profile as a maritime
nation readily accessible for decision-making in policy and program
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.
In his welcome message,
NMP Executive Director, Joel B. Maglunsod highlighted the
significance of the activity.
“Sa mga nagdaang taon
marami nang nagawang training programs ang NMP na resulta ng mga
rekomendasyon ng mga natapos na researches. The researches were also
used by the government administration and regulatory agencies in the
formulation of policies, standards and also in the preparation of
plans and programs, development of training programs na lahat ay
para sa ikabubuti ng ating mga marino, at matulungan sila sa
pagkumpleto sa mga requirements na hinahanap sa kanila para
makasakay sa barko.” he said.
Nothing but good words and
appreciation were uttered by Undersecretary for Employment, Migrant
Workers Welfare, Financial and Administrative Services Cluster,
RenatoL. Ebarle during his inspirational message.
“I would like to commend
the National Maritime Polytechnic for organizing this event annually
and putting us all here together. Your support to the Agency means
you support our country’s seafarers and our maritime industry”, said
He also emphasized the
need to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of the Filipino
seafarers to maintain their competitiveness and strengthen the
country’s maritime community.
“We need to upgrade them
in order to increase our market share in the officers’ category,
especially the management level officers, and to maintain their
status as “seafarer of choice”, he disclosed.
The forum also served as a
venue for the Agency to present the NMP Research Agenda 2019-2021
containing proposed research topics based on the identified priority
areas in line with the strategic directions of the Agency. NMP
believes that the stakeholders should be involved in the development
of the research agenda as well as in the implementation of
researches through collaborative efforts to ensure responsiveness of
the NMP’s research undertakings to the current and emerging needs of
the maritime industry.
Moreover, a plaque of
appreciation was given to the cooperating agencies who extended
invaluable support in the conduct of NMP researches / studies in
2018 particularly the Commission on Higher Education (CHED),
International Mariners Management Association of Japan and
Philippine-Japan Manning Consultative Council Inc. (IMMAJ-PJMCC),
Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG),
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and Philippine
Ports Authority (PPA).
The conduct of research is
one of the mandates of NMP, in which research outputs are utilized
to formulate policies and regulations for the improvement of the
maritime manpower sector of the industry. NMP is also tasked to
conduct researches on the latest maritime technology.
The forum was attended by
thirty-six (36) participants. Out of the said number only
twenty-five (25) were able to answer the post-forum evaluation form.
Based on the evaluation
instrument gathered, 100% (25 out of 25) rated the research reports
and conduct of forum satisfactory to excellent.
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 competitiveness.
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
For more information about
NMP trainings viewers may visit the agency’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter)
where all related information on NMP trainings are available.
Further, NMP encourages
seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare
Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) which entitles
the beneficiary to receive financial assistance for training costs
from the OWWA.