Registration and Certification Unit (left) and Cash Unit
(right) providing frontline services.
July 30, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY –
Following the approval of its Post-Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)
Training Operations Protocol by the Maritime Industry Authority
(MARINA) and productive coordination with the respective Local
Government Units (LGU), the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a
government-owned maritime training and research institution, resumes
its training operations on 20 July 2020 both at its main office at
Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City and liaison office with address at
2nd Floor ECC Building, 355 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue Makati City.
It can be recalled that
NMP suspended the conduct of its trainings on 16 March 2020 in line
with the declaration of state of public health emergency in the
Philippines due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and in compliance to
MARINA Advisory No. 2020-16 suspending the conduct of all maritime
training courses as well as theoretical and practical assessments in
Luzon and other areas affected by the community quarantine.
Since the outbreak, the
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), has been taking precautionary
measures to safeguard the safety and health of the public and
personnel. Health precautionary measures/protocols were established.
Clients were subjected to temperature scanning and footbath before
entry. NMP personnel were provided with medical-grade personal
protective equipment (PPEs) such as facemask (surgical, N95), face
shield, and hazmat.
To aid in any tracking,
all clients were obliged to accomplish the NMP Health Monitoring
Form indicating the following basic information: name, contact
numbers, address, person to notify in case of emergency, and travel
history within the last six (6) months. They were also required to
present a valid certification issued by their respective
City/Municipal/ Rural Health Office stating that they have completed
quarantine or are COVID-free.
Also, to prevent, contain,
and mitigate the possible transmission of virus, cleaning and
disinfection supplies/equipment (disinfectant alcohol, chlorine,
hand soap and sprayers) were procured and hand washing facilities
were established. Sanitizers and signages promoting proper hand
washing, cough etiquette, and proper social / physical distancing
were put up in conspicuous and strategic places.
NMP Maritime Training
Express Registration System Kiosks (MTERS) were also installed to
process enrollment of walk-in trainees and to minimize face to face
Moreover, isolation rooms
were identified for trainees who will become unwell or have
developed COVID-19 symptoms, and NMP Sick Bay was equipped with
appropriate medical supplies and manned by an Emergency response
personnel who is always on duty while training is on-going.
In terms of classroom
arrangements, class intake was reduced to 12 trainees per course or
50% of the previous maximum capacity, to effectively observe 1-meter
apart guidelines of World Health Organization (WHO) and health and
safety briefing is conducted before the start of training /
possibilities, NMP conducted repair, improvement, and expansion of
its classrooms. Divisions / partitions were also installed to
accommodate larger number of trainees.
All these initiatives were
done during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) period where NMP
Executive Director Joel B. Maglunsod directly supervised.
It can be noted that with
the suspension of NMP’s training operations on 16 March 2020,
several on-going trainings were halted, and onward schedules were
suspended. Upon its resumption on 20 July 2020, enrollment of those
affected enrollees was given priority.
After months of lockdown,
NMP regained momentum on its first week (20-25 July 2020) with a
total of one hundred forty-seven (147) certificates issued, this,
despite of NMP’s restrictions on the acceptance of enrollees, only
those coming from Region 8 were allowed enrollment.
In the interim, with the
aim of providing a safer alternative and cost-effective solution to
ensure that Filipino seafarers can renew mandatory certificates and
maintain their competence during these extraordinary times, NMP is
conducting an on-going review of its existing training courses to
identify those that can be transformed into purely online and
In preparation for the
online learning, NMP took a proactive stance in carrying out
personnel interventions to its trainers by providing workshop on the
familiarization on the use of Google Classroom and Google Meet
applications. Online registration is also underway to answer the
need for the contactless payment and registration being recommended
by the MARINA.
Meanwhile, NMP’s Training
Schedule for July to December was released last 17 July 2020. The
complete schedule can be downloaded at the NMP website
www.nmp.gov.ph and facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter)
where the training requirements and other related information are
who wish to validate the authenticity of their seafarers-employed
with NMP issued certificates may visit www.verify.nmp.gov.ph.
Likewise, 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