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					      Issue No. 4              THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE MARITIME TRAINING COUNCIL                            August 2010




RP hosts IMO diplomatic confab
Member parties adopt “Manila Amendments” to STCW Convention and Code




n INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION (IMO) DIPLOMATIC CONFERENCE
Former Philippine Vice-President Noli de Castro (third from left) graces the opening of the historic five-day International Diplomatic Conference of the International
Maritime Organization (IMO) held last June 21-25 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Manila, Philippines.

THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT recently played host to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Dip-
lomatic Conference that marked the historic passage of the “Manila Amendments” to the STCW Convention
and Code. The five-day meeting which was held June 21-25 at the Philippine International Convention Center
(PICC) saw the gathering of some six hundred (600) delegates and representives from member maritime na-
tions and organizations to the first ever major IMO event held outside of London.
     The IMO Secretary-General Efthimios                Mitropoulos said that in holding the                     amendments to the STCW Convention and
Mitropoulos during his speech at the                    conference in the Philippines, the IMO                   Code. These changes, dubbed as “Manila
Conference’s opening, underscored the                   recognizes the leadership role the region                Amendments,” are made to address
crucial role of the Philippines in the                  is increasingly assuming in shipbuilding,                inconsistencies and outdated provisions
international maritime industry. “We are                shipowning and ship recycling, as well                   of the Code and to upgrade seafarers’
here first and foremost to recognize the                as providing trained manpower for the                    conditions on board ship.
contribution of the Philippines to shipping             technologically advanced ships of today.                      Some of the major changes contained
and the international seaborne trade,                        “Asia’s expanding contribution to                   include the following:
and to pay our due tribute to the Filipino              international trade and its growing role                      1. Revised requirement on hours of
seafarers, past and present... they are the             on the world economic stage makes the                         work and rest and new requirements
unsung heroes of an unsung industry,”                   Conference all the more important,” he                        for the prevention of drug and alcohol
Mitropoulos pointed out.                                pointed out.                                                  abuse, as well as updated standards
     The Philippines supplies more than                      The diplomatic conference paved                          relating to medical fitness standards
25% of the world population of seafarers.               the way for the adaption of the proposed
                                                                                                                                                     RP hosts... PAGE 5
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Three Filipino seafarers cited in first TOFSA
IN CONJUNCTION with the In-
ternational Maritime Organi-
zation’s (IMO) declaration of
2010 as the International Year
of the Seafarer, the Depart-
ment of Labor and Employ-
ment (DOLE) through the Mar-
itime Training Council (MTC)
recently awarded and paid
tribute to outstanding Filipi-
no seafarers who have exem-
plarily demonstrated the met-
tle, skills, and qualities such as
honest industry and genuine
hard work in global shipping.
    Three Filipino seafarers
were cited and named award-
ees of the first Outstanding Fili-
pino Seafarers Awards (TOFSA)
held June 22, the second day          Left to right: Usec Noriel Devanadera, Eduardo Manese (JMG), Neil Ferrer (DFA), Admin. Jennifer Manalili (POEA), Capt.
of the International Diplomatic       Abelardo Pacheco, IMO Sec.Gen. Efthimios Mitropoulos, Josephine Quiñones (representing Mr. Demosthenes Quiñones,)
Conference of the Internation-        Capt. Ricardo Saunar, Admin. Carmelita Dimzon (OWWA), Former USec. Romeo Lagman (DOLE), Atty. Jesus Sale
al Maritime Organization (IMO)        (AMOSUP) and Ms. Josephine Francisco (JMG).
at the Philippine Internation-
al Convention Center (PICC) in        ipino seafarers by way of the           tor and for this reason, the Phil-       charge of the DOLE’s Manpow-
                                      models and exemplars in their           ippines has become the largest           er Development and Maritime
Manila.
                                      ranks who through their out-            and most viable source of ship-          Affairs and its active presence
    The awardees are seafar-
                                      standing skills, competence,            ping crew around the world…              in ensuring the IMO event, said
er Demosthenes C. Quiñones,           and qualities have contribut-
Master Mariner Abelardo M.                                                    and the most professional, rep-          that the TOFSA – for both the
                                      ed to the growth and develop-           utable, adaptable, and capable           three awardees and the nom-
Pacheco, and Master Mariner           ment of the Philippine mari-
Ricardo M. Saunar.                                                            individuals working in vessels           inees – pays strong tribute to
                                      time industry.
    Former Labor and Em-                                                      of foreign flags,” Roque said in         the Filipino seafarers’ nota-
                                         “The Filipino seafarers have
ployment Secretary Mariani-                                                   a message.                               ble accomplishments that lend
                                      consistently     demonstrated
to Roque emphasized that the                                                      Labor Undersecretary Nori-           credence to their competence,
                                      competency and proficiency in
TOFSA fittingly honors the Fil-                                               el P. Devanadera, who is in
                                      the international maritime sec-                                                                  Three Filipino... PAGE 6


                                                                                                         Philippine Maritime
                                                                                                         Exhibit showcased at
                                                                                                         IMO diplomatic confab
                                                                                                         MANILA - A SHOWCASE of events and sto-
                                                                                                         ries of the history of the Philippine Mari-
                                                                                                         time Industry recently took center stage in
                                                                                                         a five-day maritime exhibit that served as a
                                                                                                         sideline activity of the international diplo-
                                                                                                         matic conference of the International Mar-
                                                                                                         itime Organization last June 21-25 at the
                                                                                                         Philippine International Convention Cen-
                                                                                                         ter (PICC) here.
                                                                                                              Hosted by the Joint Manning Group
                                                                                                         (JMG) and the Associated Marine Officers
                                                                                                         and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines
                                                                                                         (AMOSUP), the event featured the be-
                                                                                                         ginning, growth, and development of the
                                                                                                         country’s maritime industry and its future
                                                                                                         goals as a major supplier of seafarers in the
IMO Secretary General Efthimios Mitropoulos, Former DOLE Undersecretary Romeo Lagman and other
                                                                                                         world.
maritime officials take a look at the exhibits at the Forum 1 of PICC last June 21-25.                                                       Exhibit... PAGE 6
 August 2010                                                                                                                                             3
                                                                                                                                     Consolidation
                                                                                                                                     of MARPOL
                                                                                                                                     annexes1-6
                                                                                                                                     underway
                                                                                                                                     A CONSOLIDATED single
                                                                                                                                     MARPOL 73/78 course
                                                                                                                                     program that includes
                                                                                                                                     Annexes 1-6 courses is
                                                                                                                                     now underway. A Tech-
                                                                                                                                     nical Working Group
                                                                                                                                     formed in March by the
                                                                                                                                     MTC has developed the
                                                                                                                                     program that is being
                                                                                                                                     eyed for implementa-
                                                                                                                                     tion in June this year.
                                                                                                                                          Meanwhile,        the
                                                                                                                                     MTC has issued Memo-
                                                                                                                                     randum Circular No. 02,
                                                                                                                                     Series of 2010 requir-
                                                                                                                                     ing training centers and
                                                                                                                                     manning        companies
                                                                                                                                     who are offering the
Participants of Shipboard training program of DOLE pose for a group photo aboard the T/S Kapitan Felix Oca as part of their four-    courses to secure Inter-
day familiarization of the shipping and seafaring profession.
                                                                                                                                     im Accreditation pend-


DOLE launches first shipboard training
                                                                                                                                     ing finalization of the
                                                                                                                                     CONSOLIDATED MAR-
                                                                                                                                     POL 1-6.
                                                                                                                                          It maybe noted that
THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR and Employment (DOLE) successfully launched last March the first shipboard                                   sometime in 2009, the
training for its officials and staff on board T/S Kapitan Felix Oca as part of its efforts to gain better under-                     Professional      Regula-
standing of ship operation and improve programs and services for Filipino seafarers, particularly in ensuring                        tion Commission issued
that their conditions on board are in accordance with labor and health and safety standards.                                         Memorandum Circular
     Former Labor and Employ-               also sends a strong message that                  DOLE, through the then MTC             09-24, Series of 2009
ment Secretary Marianito Roque              the DOLE and Maritime Training               head and now Undersecretary                 stating that MARPOL
said the shipboard immersion is             Council (MTC) in partnership with            Noriel Devanadera, organized the            73/78, Annexes 1, 2, 3,
the first in the saga of the DOLE           maritime training agencies are               shipboard familiarization in part-          4, 5 and 6 may be taken
particularly in the employment              serious about addressing the lack            nership with the Maritime Acade-            separately or as a single
and over-all welfare of seafarers.          of maritime graduates who will               my of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP).          training course.
     “This is an innovation that I          compose the officers at the glob-                 In 2009, the DOLE estab-                    The circular noted
believe will help in building the           al shipping that requires 35,000             lished the need of building the             that MARPOL training
competencies of DOLE people on              officers in the next five years.             maritime competencies of its per-           course taken from mar-
ship operation and ultimately on                 One hundred forty-six (146)             sonnel particularly those from the          itime training centers
making DOLE programs and pol-               DOLE officials and employees                 Bureau of Working Conditions,               that are duly accredit-
icies more responsive and rel-              were the first to experience the             National Capital Region and Re-             ed by the MTC or rec-
evant to the needs of seafarers             four-day shipboard familiariza-              gion IV-B.                                  ognized by the Board of
and the demands of seafaring in-            tion held on February 19 to 22,                   Roque said building the mar-           Marine Deck and Engi-
dustry,” Roque said.                        2010 enroute from Manila to Bo-              itime competencies of DOLE peo-             neer Officers shall be ac-
     The shipboard immersion                racay and back.                                                        DOLEt... PAGE 7   cepted.
                                                                                                                                          It also stipulated
                                                                                                                                     that, in case the training
                                                                                                                                     for MARPOL is conduct-
                                                                                                                                     ed by the training enti-
                                                                                                                                     ty of a manning agency,
                                                                                                                                     the said training entity
                                                                                                                                     must likewise be accred-
                                                                                                                                     ited by the MTC and the
                                                                                                                                     training must be taken
                                                                                                                                     for a minimum period of
                                                                                                                                     five days. n
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US Coast Guard representative visits MTC
MS. MAYTE MEDINA from the Office of Operating and
Environmental Standards of the United States Coast
Guard recently paid a visit to the MTC last June 17.
      MTC Acting Executive and certification system.
Director Clifford Paragua,         After her visit to
together with key officials MTC, Ms. Medina was
of MTC-member agencies escorted to the Asian In-
such as the Professional stitute of Maritime Stud-
Regulation Commission ies (AIMS) where she was
(PRC), Commission on received by its President,
Higher Education (CHED), Dr. Felicito Dalaguete. A                    Left to Right: Engr. Jovita Chongco (NTC), Asst. Comm. Aristogerson Gesmundo (PRC), Mr. Jose Clarito and Dir.
Technical Education and tour around the school                        Clifford Paragua (MTC), US Coast Guard Mayte Medina, Ms. Eleanor Fernandez, Mr. Eugene Garcia and Ms.
                                                                      Sonia Maglaluan (CHED), and C/E Miguel Marasigan (PRC) during the briefing with the guest.
Skills Development Au- campus and facilities on
thority (TESDA) and the maritime education there
National Telecommunica- gave Medina a sample
tions Commission (NTC), and better appreciation of
warmly welcomed Me- the maritime educational
dina.                         system in the Philippines.
      Together with repre- After her short trip to
sentatives of the above- AIMS, Ms. Medina also
mentioned agencies, Di- visited K-Line Maritime
rector Paragua gave Me- Training Corporation and
dina a short briefing on Magsaysay Training Cen-
the structure of the Phil- ter where she was given
ippine maritime educa- a tour of their respective
tion, training, assessment training facilities. n                      Ms. Medina and Ms. Fernandez of CHED with key officials of Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS).




Ms. Medina being shown the ECDIS Room of Magsaysay Training Center.                  Officials of K-Line show Ms. Medita their Bridge Simulator.


                         FROM THE EXECUTIVE various industry organizations, especially in MTC’s that the groundwork for the implementation of
                         DIRECTOR’S DESK    efforts to adequately respond to the needs of the ‘Manila Amendments’ adopted during the
                         By Clifford Paragua             maritime training centers, manning agencies and            diplomatic conference at the PICC is adequately
                         MTC Acting Executive Director   of the seafarers themselves.                               prepared.
                                                               I have likewise benefited from the guidance                 The approval of regular plantilla positions
                                                         of Undersecretary Noriel Devanadera and the                for the Secretariat late last year, followed by the
                                                         members of the Maritime Training Council in                filling up of such regular items, along with the
                                                         running the affairs of the Secretariat, especially         continuing budgetary support extended by the
   IT IS CERTAINLY AN HONOR and distinct                 in terms of policy and logistical support, policy          Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)
   privilege for me to be given the opportunity to       implementation and evaluation. Needless to                 Board, augur well for the continuing pursuit of
   be at the helm of the Maritime Training Council       stress, the Secretariat staff has extended to me           relevant activities to address the challenges
   Secretariat as its Acting Executive Director. The     all the help that I need.                                  ahead.
   trust that the DOLE leadership has bestowed                 The recently concluded International                        To maintain the country’s position as the top
   upon me to manage the day-to-day affairs of the       Maritime Organization’s Conference of Parties to           supplier of qualified and competent ratings and
   Secretariat needs to be valued and reciprocated       Adopt Amendments to the STCW Convention and                officers for the world’s maritime fleet is indeed a
   with a brand of quality service that the various      Code has opened up greater challenges for the              daunting challenge which can only be conquered
   stakeholders in the maritime industry deserve.        MTC and the entire maritime industry.                      if all stakeholders in the maritime industry will
         In the few months that I have been in office,         The next two years will definitely be a hectic       steer in one and the same direction. The Maritime
   I have been truly encouraged by the support           period, not only to make sure that the 1995                Training Council Secretariat will definitely help in
   and cooperation of the leaders and members of         amendments are fully in place, but also to ensure          ensuring that this can happen. n
 August 2010                                                                                                                                           5
IMO’s Mitropoulos pays tribute to RP’s
world-class maritime training
FORMER          LABOR       and
Employment             Secretary
Marianito Roque thanked
the IMO Secretary General
Efthimios Mitropoulos for
paying tribute to the world-
class,    global      standards-
compliant maritime training
system of the Philippines.
     Mitropoulos visited the
world-class Maritime Academy
of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP)
in Bataan, and the training
ships of the Philippines and
other countries berthed at Pier
13 of the South Harbor last
June 22.
     The tour was part of
the activilies lined up for the
IMO International Diplomatic
Conference at the PICC from
June 21-25, 2010.
     Sec. Roque, in behalf of
the Philippine government,          IMO Sec-Gen Efthimios Mitropoulos troops the line with Vice-Admiral Eduardo Ma. Santos during his visit to MAAP.
cited the visit of the maritime
training ships from Korea,               Mitropoulos cited the              the historic province, led a             the AMOSUP, based on its
China and the Russian               training ships’ presence for            fitting welcome honors to                “passionate dedication to
Federation in the country           according symbolic honor                Mitropolous and the other                develop the innate excellence
– berthed side-by-side the          and importance to the IMO               IMO diplomatic dignitaries.              of Filipino seafarers and
Association of Marine Officers’     proceedings in the Philippines                Secretary Roque noted              systematically bring to fruition
and Seamen’s Union of the           which paves the way for new             that the MAAP exemplifies the            his natural seafaring skills.”
Philippines’ own-world-class        and updated global standards            strong role of maritime social                 Mitropolous, after flying
training vessel – for reflecting    for seafaring in the 21st               partnership in the training of           by chopper to MAAP’s training
the importance accorded by          century.                                STCW-compliant        seafarers,         facilities at Kamaya Point in
the global community to the              In    Bataan,      MAAP            having been initiated and                Mariveles, Bataan, proceeded
crucial IMO event hosted by         President Eduardo Ma. Santos,           established by the country’s             to visit and honor the three
the Philippines.                    and government officials in             largest     seafarers    union,          training ships at Pier 13. n


RP hosts... From page 1                               engine in a manned engine-room or
                                                      designated to perform duties in a peri-
                                                                                                        ployment (DOLE) thru the Maritime Train-
                                                                                                        ing Council (MTC) spearheaded the prep-
    for seafarers (Chapter VIII Standards             odically unmanned engine-room);                   aration of country position papers to the
    regarding Watchkeeping, Section A-                4. New training and certification re-             proposed amendments to the Convention.
    VIII/1, Fitness for Duty);                        quirements for electro-technical offi-                 MTC Acting Executive Director Clifford
    2. Improved measures to pre-                      cers (Regulation III/6 Mandatory mini-            Paragua said the Philippines is committed
    vent fraudulent practices associated              mum requirements for certification of             to adhere to and properly comply with the
    with certificates of competency and               electro-technical officer);                       requirements of the said amendments.
    strengthen the evaluation process                 5. Updating of competence require-                “To achieve this, the MTC with the assis-
    (Regulation I/5 National provisions);             ments for personnel serving on board              tance of consultants and experts in the
    3. New certification requirements                 all types of tankers, including new re-           maritime industry, shall draw up within the
    for able seafarers (Regulation II/5               quirements for personnel serving on               year the Blueprint for the implementation
    Mandatory minimum requirements                    liquefied gas tankers (Chapter V, Stan-           of the amendments to the STCW Conven-
    for certification of ratings as able sea-         dards regarding special training re-              tion and Code,” Paragua said.
    farer deck and Regulation III/5 Man-              quirements for personnel on certain                    The so-called Manila Amendments
    datory minimum requirements for cer-              types of ships).                                  will enter into force on 01 January 2012
    tification of ratings as able seafarer            The Department of Labor and Em-                   and into full force five years later. n
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Outstanding Filipino seafarers cited in TOFSA... from page 2
professionalism, and dedication.
    “Indeed, we applaud all the
three awardees and the nominees
for demonstrating competence,
professionalism and bravery reflect-
ing the mettle of the overseas Filipi-
no seafarers in the practice of the
seafaring profession,” Devanadera
said.
    The TOFSA cited Demosthenes
Quiñones, an Electrician Officer by
rank, for greatly “enhancing the im-
age of the Filipino seafarers through
his consistent exemplary work per-
formance, proving equal to the chal-
lenge of rendering services on board
the Frankfurt Exchange Express, a
challenging vessel which other en-
gine ratings, officers, engineers and
electricians avoided due to the high
expectations from its crew.”
    Master Mariner Abelardo Pa-            MTC Acting Executive Director Clifford Paragua formally awards the awardees with a check amounting to Php300,000
checo, on the other hand, was cit-         each courtesy of Smart Communications.
ed for having “displayed bravery at
sea by offering his own life for the
sake of his crew during their abduc-
                                            was cited as a model par exemplar for other Filipino sea-
                                            farers in “maintaining presence of mind and taking deci-
                                                                                                                      Exhibit... From page 2
tion by Somali pirates in November          sive action during a life-threatening calamity, successful-                    The JMG is an umbrella or-
2008.                                       ly performing emergency un-berthing operations imme-                      ganization of some 300 inde-
    Pacheco maintained the morale           diately following the Chile earthquake last February, thus                pendent, well- established and
of his crew throughout their more           safeguarding the lives of his crew, and preventing possible               long standing maritime and
than five month’s ordeal. His pro-          serious damage to his vessel and its cargo, as well as to                 manning associations in the
fessionalism and strong faith in God        the onshore facilities.”                                                  country. Some of its members
enabled him to even earn the trust,             Former Labor Undersecretary Romeo Lagman and                          include Filipino Association for
compassion, and cooperation of              IMO Sec-Gen Efthimios Mitropoulos awarded the three                       Mariners’ Employment, inc.
their abductors resulting ultimately        TOFSA awardees in a simple, but highly symbolic ceremo-                   (FAME) Filipino Shipowners’
in their release from captivity.”           ny set amidst the IMO conference attended by hundreds                     Association (FSA), Internation-
    Master Mariner Ricardo Saunar           of delegates from around the world. n                                     al Maritime Association of the
                                                                                                                      Philippines (INTERMAP), Phil-
                                                                                                                      ippine Association of Manning
                                                                                                                      Agencies and Ship Managers
                                                                                                                      Inc. (PAMAS), and Philippine-
                                                                                                                      Japan Manning Consultative
                                                                                                                      Council (PJMCC).
                                                                                                                           Aside from a gallery of
                                                                                                                      photos, articles and stories of
                                                                                                                      significant maritime events in
                                                                                                                      the country, the exhibit also
                                                                                                                      showcased a heart warming
                                                                                                                      video presentation that fo-
                                                                                                                      cused on the life of Filipino sea-
                                                                                                                      farers and their important con-
                                                                                                                      tributions to nation-building.
                                                                                                                           IMO Secretary General
                                                                                                                      Efthimios Mitropoulos, DOLE
                                                                                                                      Undersecretaries Romeo Lag-
                                                                                                                      man and Noriel Devanadera
                                                                                                                      led the ceremonial ribbon cut-
Former DOLE Secretary and then MTC Chair Marianito Roque with Usec Noriel Devanadera and other members of the         ting and official opening of the
Search Committee during one of their meetings.                                                                        maritime exhibit. n
 August 2010                                   7
RP enters into Memorandum of Agreement with Iran
FORMER Labor Secretary and
MTC Chairman Marianito
Roque of the Philippines and
Mr. Saeed Izadian, Deputy
Managing Director for Mari-
time Affairs of the Republic of
Iran inked last June 25 a Mem-
orandum of Agreement on the
recognition of seafarers’ cer-
tificates pursuant to Regulation
I/10 of the STCW Convention.
      Roque and Izadian ex-
pressed their mutual appre-
ciation for the signing of the
Agreement in a simple cere-
mony held at the Office of the
DOLE Secretary.
      The signing of this Agree-           Former Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito Roque of the Philippines and Saeed Izadian of the Republic of Iran
ment is another breakthrough               shakes each other's hand immediately after the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement.
for both countries as it will
yield reciprocal benefits to               guidepost for Port State Control Authorities in                       “For this, I want to assure the Iranian Gov-
both Governments. According                evaluating the validity of such certificates and                 ernment that the Labor Department together
to Roque, the said agreement               documentary evidences.                                           with other government agencies and private
effectively provides the facil-                 “This is the 45th Agreement which our Gov-                  maritime organizations, are working closely to
ity for the recognition by the             ernment has signed with other IMO Parties on                     ensure our continuous compliance to the pro-
Republic of Iran of Certificates           such subject. This certainly displays the confi-                 visions of the STCW Convention and maintain
of Competency issued by the                dence of other Parties in the maritime educa-                    the competence and skill of our Filipino seafar-
Phillippine government to its              tion, training, assessment and certification sys-                ers which they are known for.” Secretary Roque
seafarers. It also serves as a             tem of the Philippines” Roque expressed.                         added. n


DOLE... From page 3                       to be enforced anytime in the
                                          next two years.
                                                                                      ed by DOLE being the authori-
                                                                                      ty on its development and en-
                                                                                                                             cy, planning and programming
                                                                                                                             has evolved relative to the de-
ple is necessary in view of the                The Convention provides                forcement.                             mands of time. “We want to be
Maritime Labor Convention of              for labor standards on seafar-                  Roque said the success of          relevant and responsive to the
2006 which will be ratified and           ers which have to be inspect-               the program shows that poli-           requirements of the industry,”
                                                                                                                             he explained.
                                                                                                                                  Mentors of the training
                                                                                                                             discussed the different types
                                                                                                                             of ship, the history of T/S Kapi-
                                                                                                                             tan Oca, deck and engine oper-
                                                                                                                             ations, and safety equipments.
                                                                                                                             Aside from boat and fire drills,
                                                                                                                             participants also toured around
                                                                                                                             the facilities.
                                                                                                                                  DOLE officials and employ-
                                                                                                                             ees who participated in the
                                                                                                                             training were from DOLE-NCR,
                                                                                                                             DOLE IV-A, DOLE IV-B; Bureau
                                                                                                                             of Local Employment, Bureau
                                                                                                                             of Labor Relations, and Bureau
                                                                                                                             of Working Conditions; Occupa-
                                                                                                                             tional Safety and Health Center,
                                                                                                                             National Labor Relations Com-
                                                                                                                             mission, National Conciliation
                                                                                                                             and Mediation Board, Institute
                                                                                                                             for Labor Studies and the Infor-
                                                                                                                             mation and Publication Servic-
                                                                                                                             es, OWWA, POEA, PRC, and the
  Participants of the Shipboard training leap to their delight at the scenic and refreshing shores of Boracay.               Maritime Training Council. n
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                                                                                                       Basic Safety Course
                                                                                                       moratorium lifted in
                                                                                                       selected regions
                                                                                                       THE Maritime Training Council
                                                                                                       (MTC) has approved the lifting
                                                                                                       of the moratorium in the
                                                                                                       accreditation of Basic Safety
                                                                                                       Courses (BSC) in selected
                                                                                                       regions in the country, namely
                                                                                                       Regions NCR, I, II, IV-A, IV-B, VI,
                                                                                                       VII and X.
                                                                                                            In    a     Memorandum
                                                                                                       Circular issued in March, the
                                                                                                       MTC signaled its approval for
                                                                                                       maritime training centers to
                                                                                                       offer BSC and thereby help
 DOLE officials aboard T/S Kapitan Felix Oca listen attentively to a Ship Officer demonstrating some   respond to the increasing
 basics in the seafaring profession during a Shipboard familiarization program of the agency.          demand for maritime training.
                                                                                                            The BSC is an integral

NMP re-opens ECDIS training course
                                                                                                       part of BSMT and BSMarE
                                                                                                       curriculum and of the seaman
                                                                                                       rating course. Most maritime
THE GOVERNMENT-OWNED National Maritime                  OUECDIS course was initially offered in        schools and training centers
Polytechnic (NMP) in Tacloban City announced       2002 but was suspended due to low market            however, lack needed facilities
it has re-opened the course on Operational Use     demand.                                             and are only dependent on
of Electronic Chart Display and Information             The five-day course will provide trainees      the MTC-Accredited training
System (OUECDIS).                                  with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be      centers.
     NMP OIC-Executive Director Grace Marie        competent in the use of ECIDS. Topics include            The growth in the number
Ayaso said the move is in response to the          principal types of electronic chart, essential      of maritime graduates has
International Maritime Organziation (IMO)          legal aspects on the use of ECDIS and its           sharpened the imbalance in
proclamation on full enforcement of ECDIS          navigational functions, route planning and          the ratio of maritime schools
in 2011. Said proclamation requires seafarers      monitoring, proper management of ECDIS data         to training centers that could
working on board ships fitted with ECDIS to        and their presentation, among others.               provide the facilities for BSC.
undergo training on the use of the equipment.           The training fee is Php 2,500.00 and is        The number of such training
     “Our Filipino seafarers could stay globally   intended for experienced marine deck officers.      centers is not enough to
competitive when seeking employment                     For inquiries and/or reservations, NMP         accomodate the growing
onboard ships plying international voyage          can be reached through the following numbers        needs of maritime students.
especially modern merchant ships fitted with       (053) 321-3356/321-3352-53 or email address         Hence the lifting of said
ECDIS,” Ayaso said.                                at info@nmp.gov.ph. n                               moratorium. n

n MTC CONDUCTS PLANNING WORKSHOP IN CAVITE
The MTC conducted a two-day Workshop for its officers and employees last
March 18-20 at the Island Cove Resort in Cavite. Workshop activities included
the finalization of MTC’s Work and Financial Plan for 2010 and the formulation
of functions and position descriptions for the newly approved plantilla positions.

				
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