Covered exclusively by Marino World, ABS and SunStar, the DMMA College of Southern Philippines (DCSP) 25th anniversary celebrations of October 12 begun 2 pm at its campus on Tigatto Road, Buhangin, Davao City.
Guests were impressed by the newly installed ship bridge and engine room simulator facilities, state-of the art, requiring millions of investment.
Cocktails followed with dinner at the Marco Polo Ballroom, Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City.
Current count places about 8,000 degree holders passing its portal, revisited by an AVP of notable moments in its 25-year journey:
08 August 1993 – Ground breaking of DMMA in Ecoland, Davao City
10 October 1993 – Academy building inaugurated and opened
1996 – Government Recognition for BSMT
May 1997 – Ground breaking of the new academy in Buhangin
1998 – Government Recognition for BSMarE
November 1998 – DMMA officially relocated to Buhangin site
1999 – DMMA received its first DNV Certification
2001 – Basic Training under CHEd Accreditation commenced
2005 to 2015 – Adoption of the transitional Red-to-Blue Ocean Paradigm for inclusive institutional innovation, both infrastructure and business aspects.
2006 – Marlow Navigation instituted Culinary Training with funding from Deutsche Investitionsund Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)
2006 – Norwegian Ambassador Stale Torstein Risa visits DMMA in support of the NSA Cadetship Program
2006 – NSA Cadetship Program started
2008 – DBP grants Endowment for Education Program
2009 – MTAC by MTC and JEEP Curricular Program
2010 – DMMA received the Seal of National Excellence as Outstanding Maritime School at the 30th Annual People’s Choice Awards
2010 – US Ambassador Harry Thomas visited DMMA on the introduction of JEEP Program.
2012 – PJMCC gave DMMA the Category B High Performing School Awardee for BSMT MSAP 2007, 2008 and 2009.
2012 -MTAC by MARINA
2014 – UFS gave DMMA the Outstanding Maritime School Award
2015 – President Rodrigo R. Duterte guested at the DMMA for the Seafarer’s Symposium
2016 – DMMA started offering the Senior High School Level
September 2018 – DMMA in PAES-P by IAMU (Peer-Assisted Evaluation Scheme-Philippines)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wrote its “… remarkable milestone is a testament to your unwavering commitment to hone young individuals who are well equipped to face “ travails of their chosen career.
The President “ask you to join us in forging a stronger young citizenry who will be catalysts for sustainable development.”
Councilor Pilar Braga read the message of Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio : “It is my hope that DCSP will be one with the City Government of Davao in its continued furtherance of quality, accessible, affordable education for Dabawenyos as key priority area.”
Braga adds, “…I am proud of your school because my grandson is also a graduate of your school…truly your school is a landmark for Davao City, so when we talk about maritime education, we talk about the DMMA.”
Board of Trustee Chairman Rogelio A. Paramio acknowledged the “Blue Ocean” management strategy by DCSP President Lorenzo Edwin F. Eusebio. This, coupled with commitment and cooperation of all working as a family, has been very effective in coping with challenges, like the K+12 reforms.
Capt. Paramio “… aims to soar higher with our commitment to keep abreast with technology for the future. We hope that this silver turns into gold, into diamond.”
Pres. Eusebio, before speaking, called on stage and formally introduced “the men and women behind DMMA Colleges of Southern Philippines.”
“It is hard to believe that it has been twenty-five years since a little more of an idea from a group of seafarers would have thought to engage and commit themselves to establish an institution for maritime education.
I would like to think that our 25 years of success is attributed to hard work, commitment to our employees and their families, commitment to our core values, commitment to service and commitment to our stakeholders and industry partners.”
Eusebio particularly thanked their industry partners, MARINA, CHED, TESDA, NSA, DBP, PJMCC and IMMAJ, as well as PAMI and PAMTCI with the sponsoring companies.
He believes, “… At the heart of these accomplishments has lies a great deal of hard work, dedication, and willingness to take risks to benefit our stakeholders and industry partners. However, now is not the time to rest, but to remain mindful that the world is an ever-changing place.
We will continue to move forward to achieve the plans we have instilled for the college, and face the events and challenges there might be for us in 2043.”
Summarizing, he mentioned the inauguration of educational and faculty facilities and the pledge to “… continue to build and grow, and increase the bar to the highest quality of education and training.”
Eusebio also announced DMMA will forge partnership with RJH Consultancy for the training program of Alfa Laval in the formation and cultivation of marine engineering students, the development and enhancement of the alumni, as well as specialized engineers to be truly global marine professionals.
Norwegian Training Center-Manila Managing Director Erlend Grimstad recalled the Norwegian Shipowners Association (NSA) has been on since 1993 to cooperate with the very best of maritime schools; that since 2006 the Norwegians have had 574 cadets educated at DMMA.
“It’s hard work everyday, dedication, commitment… not stagnant, not stopping up, not complacent…that everything has been done” to meet the needs of the future.
On behalf of NSA, the Norwegian maritime family and the NSA cadet program, Grimstad awed the crowd with a token of appreciation, a 30-k golden bell — symbolic of a golden friendship.
No where was more meaningful the toast led by DCSP Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Davao City Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre: to the partnership that we had through the test of time.