Cebu MITC invites
NMP to its dialogue
July 12, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – In
order to address safety problems at sea, the Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. VII in coordination with the
Maritime Industry Tripartite Council (MITC) invited the National
Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) to present its programs and services
during its General Membership Meeting held at the 2GO Building, Pier
4, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City last 09 July 2019.
Quoting from the opening
remarks of the DOLE RO No. VII Regional Director, Salome O. Siaton,
“The meeting intends to add knowledge on preventive safety measures
at sea, making sure that the health and safety of the employees in
the maritime sector be of great importance.”
Director Siaton likewise
mentioned that to avoid similar incident which happened recently
wherein a cargo ship named M/V Eva Mary Grace capsized while docked
at the Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) Port in San Fernando,
Cebu City, NMP was invited to present its programs and services
designed to equip and upgrade the skills and competence of
seafarer-employees in various manning and shipping agencies when it
comes to safety practices.
Also present during the
event was DOLE Undersecretary Renato L. Ebarle who stressed his
support for the activity. He also emphasized the importance of
complying with the salient features of the new Occupational Safety
and Health (OSH) Law going hand in hand with the training offerings
of the NMP.
“The National Maritime
Polytechnic is the only government owned maritime training and
research institution and what will be presented later on will be
beneficial not only for the NMP but also for the stakeholders
because the NMP can upgrade your training skills with less
enrollment fee for the seafarers in the international and domestic
shipping,” USec. Ebarle said.
Underscoring the role of
the NMP to the maritime labor workforce and the community as a
whole, NMP Executive Director, Joel B. Maglunsod stated that the NMP
offers what is most beneficial to our Filipino seafarers. As part of
the advocacy on poverty-zone free program thrust of the agency,
motorboat handlers are also being trained by NMP to improve their
basic safety skills.
“In coordination with
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Maritime Industry Authority
(MARINA) there will be a group from the NMP who will proceed to
Mindoro next week as requested by the DOLE Regional Office No. IV-B
thru its OIC-Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales, to provide training
to our fisherfolks whose vessel was hit by the Chinese fishing boat.
NMP will expose them to new techniques in personal survival,
personal safety and social responsibility, typhoon awareness, and
marine safety requirements”, Executive Director Maglunsod
During the said activity,
NMP programs and services were presented by the Head of NMP’s
Curriculum Development Section (CDS), Capt. Chito A. Go.
The event concluded with
the detailed discussion of the Republic Act No. 11058 or the OSH
Law, an act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and
Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof and
the Expanded Maternity Leave provisions for Private Sectors,
introduced by the DOLE Bureau of Working Conditions Director IV, Ma.
Teresita S. Cucueco.
The activity was
participated in by manning and shipping companies in Cebu City
namely, Lite Shipping, Trans-Asia, Gothong Southern, 2GO Group Inc.,
Oceanjet, Avega Bros. Integrated Shipping Inc., and Key West
Meanwhile, NMP also
regularly conducts maritime studies to come up with researches that
would serve as a basis for policy formulation and program
development for the improvement of the labor work force in 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
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 is available.
Likewise, 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