Cristal e-College, one of Bohol’s foremost maritime learning institution, hosted the 43rd Annual Convention and General Membership Assembly of the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI) over the weekend.
The occasion drew several key institutions of higher learning providing maritime courses in Cristal-e College’s Panglao Campus.
The gathering of top schools in teaching maritime courses aims to uplift the instruction standards, as well be updated on the latest government policies concerning maritime education.
Reports from the school said Undersecretary Felipe Judan was the guest of honor and keynote speaker.
The occasion revolved around the theme of PAMI Riding the Waves of Change through a Sustainable MET.
Dr. Will Tyron Tirol, president of Cristal-e College, welcomed the participants to the conference and assembly.
The president of the PAMI, Engr. Felix Oca gave the opening remarks to the assembly and convention.
Commodore Dante La Jimenez, the Secretary-General of the PAMI, gave the Introduction of Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker.
An open forum followed and was moderated by Engr. Benito P. Chiongbian, Dr. Victor Canezo Jr, and Capt. Lorenzo F. Eusebio.
One of the highlights of the occasion is the updates on the plans and programs on Maritime Education and Training (MET) from the Marine Industry Authority (Marina).
The updates were presented by lawyer Vera Joy Ban-eg, officer-in-charge of the Executive Director for STCW in the Marina.
An open forum moderated by Dr. Ma. Teresa Sarabia, Eric Henry Alternado and Sabino Czar Manglicmot II ensued.
Dr. Amalia Biglete of the Office of Programs and Standards Development of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) presented the updates in the monitoring of maritime higher educational institutions.
An open forum followed suit moderated by Capt. Eutiquio Reyes Jr., Dr. Gerardo Ty, and Dr. Arlene Paderanga.
A forum on the guidelines on the use of the Training Record Book was also held with Dr. Edgardo Geguinto a trustee of PAMI moderating.
A report by the President was rendered on the second day, as well as, the treasurer’s report by Dr. Leticia C. Salas.
The General Membership Meeting ensued as presided by PAMI president Oca.
A guided tour of Bohol ensued as the event closed, the report said.
Aside from Oca, other PAMI officers and trustees are Dr. Elizabeth O. Salabas, executive vice president; Commo. Dante La-Jimenez, secretary-general; Engr. Benito P. Chiongbian, VP for NCR/South Luzon; Sabino Czar Manglicmot II, VP for North Luzon; Dr. Ma. Teresa S. Sarabia, VP for the Visayas; Capt. Lorenzo F. Eusebio, VP for Mindanao; Dr. Leticia C. Salas, treasurer; Dr. Arlene Abuid-Paderanga, auditor; Capt. Jaime Macawile, public relations officer; and trustees Eric Henry Alterado, Capt. Eustiquio Reyes Jr, Dr. Gerardo Ty, Dr. Victor G. Cañazo Jr.
GLOBAL DEMAND FOR FILIPINOS ABOARD VESSELS
There is no doubt; there is a huge demand for Filipino seafarers. The Philippines is considered as the major suppliers of deck officers and engine officers. Thus, training and certification remaina key consideration with paramount importance for MET and the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW).
The Labor Department has adopted some key plans to maintain the demand for Filipino seafarers and stimulate the growth of the country as a key supplier of labor.
The PAMI leads the way in stimulating maritime skills excellence through better MET. With the help of various stakeholders, administrators and training, there is a huge effort to update and uphold the quality in maritime training institutions.
KEY FACETS OF FILIPINO SEAFARERS
The Philippines remain the top choice of seafarers in the world given their skills and the quality of their maritime education. To date, at least 229,000 Filipinos are on board in various local and international sea vessels at any given time.
The Filipinos comprise a quarter of the 1.5 million seafarers in the world. The Filipinos make up the single biggest nationality aboard vessels in the world, said a report by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
The DOLE said the language skills and training make Filipinos the preferred seafarers in international merchant ships around the world. (DSA)