The Maritime Research and Development Division (MRDD) of the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) has led a Stakeholders and Media Forum last March 22nd at the Bayleaf, Intramuros, Manila.

Three 2017 researches were presented: Skills Gaps Analysis of Maritime Faculty in Philippine Maritime Higher Education Institutions (MHEIs); Gender Sensitivity Training for Seafarers (GSTS) Course: A Program Evaluation; and Responding to the Filipino Seafarers’ Training Requirements in the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments: Challenges and Opportunities.

Guest speaker was Labor U/Sec Jacinto V. Paras who shared, “Going far simply can’t be done without people to support you.” He emphasized the need to sustain collaboration among maritime stakeholders to the ever growing needs of the Filipino seafarers.

NMP holds to its Strategic Plan 2018-2020 and vision as “The Philippines’ leader in maritime training, including e-learning and research.”

This was presented during the forum for further inputs from the stakeholders, a way also of validating viability.

A media forum followed in the afternoon with Executive Director III, Dr. Romulo Bernardes; Deputy Executive Director III, Ms. Mayla Macadawan; Head of the Maritime Training and Assessment Division, Capt. Emmanuel Jesus Laguitan and Head of Maritime Research and Development Division, Ms. Grace Marie Ayaso.

On top of research, NMP continues to upgrade facilities and provide maritime trainings required by the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention, including value-adding courses to improve Filipino seafarers competitiveness for global employment.