employees learn self-defense
October 31, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY –
Taking into account the vulnerability of women to be exposed to
dangerous situations such as sexual abuses, stalking, and
harassment, among others, has made self-defense an essential
priority for women today in order to protect themselves against
these threatening situations.
As part of the
capacity-building activities on Gender and Development (GAD)
advocacy and empowerment, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP)
conducted Basic Self-Defense to its women personnel to equip them
with strategies to adopt under different adverse circumstances.
The activity aimed to
increase the knowledge of the participants on understanding and
adopting personal safety habits and learn to develop some basic
self-defense techniques and tactics that may help them be more
aware, prepared, and ready for any situation that may occur in
everyday life on a given day.
Twenty-two (22) women
personnel initially participated in the said training program held
every Friday afternoon, which commenced on 12 October 2018 at the
NMP Gymnasium. The last session is scheduled on 09 November 2018.
NMP tapped the expertise
of FO3 Anthony Alvin S. Duran, Fire and Arson Investigator of the
Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) RO 8. FO3 Duran is a 2nd Dan Black
Belt of the Philippine Black Cat Karate-do Inc. (Okinawan ShorinRyu).
He is affiliated with the Philippine Karate-do League (PKL).
The main goal of the said
undertaking was to strengthen women’s capacity to defend themselves
against potential attacks, creating a strong mindset that could
allow them to react sensibly in every situation, and help them feel
safer and more confident.
Further, the conduct of
the activity was also in line with Republic Act 9710 or Magna Carta
of Women, a comprehensive women’s human rights law that seeks to
eliminate discrimination against women by recognizing, protecting,
fulfilling and promoting the rights of Filipino women, especially
those in marginalized sector.
Meanwhile, NMP continues
to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required
pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 including
value-adding courses towards improving the qualifications of
Filipino seafarers for their employment acceptability and enhanced
competitiveness. It also regularly conducts maritime studies to come
up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the
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
gather inputs for NMP’s research, dissemination of NMP completed
researches and other articles pertaining to maritime 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.
NMP also 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.