Phil Transmarine Carriers (PTC) has strengthened partnership with PartyList Angkla and the Dept. of Education (DepEd) to expand delivery of the Maritime Senior high School (SHS) program.
The initiative is driven by PTC Founder Carlos C. Salinas, himself an ambassador for the Intl Maritime Organization (IMO) to promote maritime careers among the youth.
All hands on deck.
The Phil Center for Advanced Maritime Simulation and Training (PHILCAMSAT) is the training arm of PTC and has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Santiago Syjuco Memorial Integrated Secondary School (SSMISS) in Malabon City to offer the Maritime SHS Program this 2018-2019 School Year.
The MOA was signed between Dr. Fortunato Barcelon Abude, Principal of SSMISS and Philbright L. Ang Ti, Executive Director of PHILCAMSAT. Aside from providing expertise through curriculum inputs, classroom lectures and industry familiarization talks, PHILCAMSAT will also give students hands-on-training on the Center’s world-class training facilities.
The agreement has the unequivocal support of Cong. Federico Sandoval II (Malabon City), Cong. Jesulito Manalo (Angkla First Nominee), Capt. Ronald Enrile (Angkla Vice Chairman), and DepEd senior officials Grace Velasco Go, Evelyn Callada and Dr. Josefina Pablo.
PTC Group Management has also CEO Gerardo Borromeo, COO Edgar Milla, Capt Stan Santiago, VP for Crewing and C/E Peter Lugue, AVP for Crewing.
Beneficiaries will gain the technical skills for employment on board; already piloted jointly by PTC, Angkla and DepEd in three schools each in Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao. The program is now offered in the technical-vocational-livelihood (TVL) track and pre-baccalaureate in more than 60 schools nationwide.
DepEd Go: “… really to improve the lives of our learners. That’s first and foremost in the agenda why we have this K-12 program and where senior high school belong… “
Cong. Manalo: “…let this be the beginning of that hope for people that all Filipinos would have a chance to make career in the maritime industry and it is our hope that after the agreement is signed we will be accountable …
…maybe for a start let Malabon have a 100 ship captains in the next 10 years and if that happens I will convert it to economics, the per capita income is about US$10,000 @ 100 you multiply that, so how much money will go to Malabon to help pay their taxes…”
Cong Sandoval: “ … we have been in the maritime for a long, long time…isasakay ko itong mga batang ito sa mga barko naming kung walang masakyan (I will board these youth in our ships if none available )…
We have already many experiences on the job mismatch. How many people who take up maritime degrees, get their diplomas and after that worked as messman, they do not have the money to pay for their OJTs … they end up as baggers …”
Ambassador Salinas: “(A)s IMO maritime ambassador… I carry with it the responsibility of letting the world understand the incomparable importance and image of global shipping. Through Project Balanghay, we are one step closer to thinking not just a better picture but helping the youth see a wonderful opportunity to realize their dreams built on a life at sea…