MARINA Readies for EMSA Audit
The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) are implementing reforms in the regulatory framework of the Philippine seafaring industry and completed programs in preparation for EMSA’s final audit mission on April 15 to 19, 2013.
Since Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III signed on April 2012 Executive Order No.75 which designated the MARINA as the single maritime administration for oversight in the implementation of STCW on April 2012, MARINA has taken massive efforts to implement the provisions of the order.
Under the leadership of Atty. Nic Conti, OIC-Administrator, MARINA has pushed forward for the completion of the following programs: development of an outcomes-based monitoring instrument/tool for maritime schools and training centers; strengthening of the National Quality Standard System (NQSS) through ISO certification; enhancement of the capability to conduct ISO/NQSS audit through training of existing and additional auditors and; the development and pilot testing of courses under the 2010 amendments to the STCW convention.
MARINA has also hired 35 technical people to perform assessment of maritime schools to ensure that only qualified, properly trained and certified seafarers can board international and domestic vessels.
During his speech at the inauguration of the Magsaysay Training Center’s integrated new ship’s bridge and engine room simulators, Atty. Conti called on industry stakeholders to come together as the industry face its most important challenge which has an impact to Filipino seafarers.
Conti added that the international community is watching the Philippines and so MARINA has prepared for the final exam as MARINA along with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will undergo the EMSA audit.