Regional Director Elias Cayanong and NMP OIC Executive Director
Manuel Roldan led in the ribbon-cutting of the newly inaugurated
Assessment Center. Seen also in the photo were DOLE Regional
Coordinating Council Members and NMP Key Officials.
NMP celebrates 37th
May 21, 2015
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a government maritime training
and research agency located at Brgy. Cabalawan, this City, celebrated
its 37th Founding Anniversary on May 8, 2015 at the NMP Training
Complex with the theme “NMP at 37: Patuloy na Kaagapay ng Marinong
Pilipino sa Paglalayag sa Buong Mundo.”
The highlight of this year’s
celebration was on the inauguration of the newly-renovated Assessment
Center. The ceremony was attended by DOLE Regional Coordinating
Council Members led by its Chair, DOLE Regional Director Elias
Cayanong. Other notable guests present were Executive Labor Arbiter
Amelia B. Docena of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC),
Director Norma C. del Rosario and Evangeline Filamor of the Overseas
Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) RO VIII, Board Secretary
Florencio C. Aguilos, Jr of the Regional Tripartite Wages Productivity
Board (RTWPB), Acting Station Commander CPO Alexander P. Rabuyo of the
Philippine Coast Guard - Tacloban Station, Commo. Fernando Bautista of
the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, Police Chief Inspector Calixto
C. Canillas, Jr. of the Philippine National Police Maritime Group
Regional Maritime Unit 8, Director Alicia E. Nicart of the Philippine
Information Agency RO VIII and Mildred Camino and Marivic Ramos from
the Maritime Industry Authority RO VIII.
The inaugurated assessment
center was originally School Bldg. No. 2 which was one of the first
classroom buildings erected when NMP bought the 16-hectare lot in Brgy.
Cabalawan, this City, in 1980 where the present training complex is
situated. The plan to convert it into an assessment center pursuant to
the required standards in the conduct of competency assessment came
underway in 2010.
The renovation began in 2012
using the capital outlay regular fund of the Agency worth 9 million.
The project was supposedly to have been completed in the last quarter
of 2013 but was stopped due to the devastation of super-typhoon
NMP also recognized
employees who have been with the agency for 15, 20, 25, and 30 years.
Awardees include Nenita M. Morales and Ma. Jasmine J. Andrade for 15
years; Engr. Claro C. Coscos, Ma. Dessa Joy B. Bautista, Gina M.
Alegro, and Leopoldo G. Abelinde for 20 years; Rosario A. Vinculado,
Emilie R. Sudario, Rogelio R. Raagas, Abraham E. Pingol, Lydia S.
Pacheco, Maria Sandra M. Gallardo, Ma. Nissa C. Espiritu, and
Salvacion C. Caňete for 25 years; and Lilibeth N. Go for 30 years.
There were a total of fifteen loyalty awardees who received a plaque
of recognition and monetary incentive.
The celebration started with
a Thanksgiving Mass that was followed by cutting of the ribbon,
unveiling of marker and blessing of the assessment center and the
conferment of the loyalty awards. It was capped by the NMP-Media
Partnership Forum moderated by PIA-8 Regional Director Alicia E.
Nicart. The forum paved way for the dissemination of the status of
NMP’s accreditation of its training courses under MARINA STCW Office.
NMP Executive Director Manuel C. Roldan together with DOLE Regional
Director Cayanong also substantiated the contributions of the Filipino
seafarers in the local maritime industry.
NMP also held another
activity, the sports competition, as part of the founding anniversary.
Employees grouped in teams competed for basketball and volleyball
tournaments which started earlier in April 2015. The awarding took
place on May 11, 2015 for the winning teams.
It can be recalled that NMP
was created on May 1, 1978 with the signing of its Charter,
Presidential Decree No. 1369, by then Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos as the
country’s response to the challenges posed upon by the Filipino
seafarers in relation to the requirements under the 1978 International
Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Convention on the
Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for
seafarers. NMP began by offering the Basic Messman Course.
Today, it has a total of 32
training courses categorized into STCW Courses, Environmental
Protection and Maritime Allied Courses, Professional Development
Courses, and Faculty Development Courses. Some of these courses have
been submitted to MARINA STCW Office for accreditation.
Aside from the provision of
training and assessment, NMP also conducts relevant and industry-wide
researches and studies. NMP already conducted several maritime
researches and studies which have become bases in the formulation of
policies and direction setting in the improvement of maritime
education and training.