BILATERAL BID STRENGTHENS ASEAN NATIONS
The Philippines and South Korea get closer in the maritime industry with The One Movement for Maritime Education of the Phil (OMMEP) sealing partnerships with Kunsan State National University (KSNU) at Miryong-dong, Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do, in western South Korea.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed at the Manila Hotel, December 11.
Last April 15, 2019, OMMEP signed another MOU with Mokpo National Maritime University (established 1950) onboard the Korean Training Ship T/S Segero docked at Pier 15, South Harbor Manila.
The T/S Segero (built 2018) and the T/S Hannara (built 1993) are identic with lengths of 133 meters and beams of 19 meters. T/S Segero can accommodate 200 cadets; T/S Hannara, 186 students. The MOUs give access to OMMEP member schools to these ships.
OMMEP is an emerging organization to uphold maritime education and training as an important component in the maritime industry. It is composed of private and state maritime institutions, with professionals from all over Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The MOUs were realized through the initiatives of Mr. Chong Pal Kim, Chairman of Foscon Shipmanagement and WWL Group of Companies; President, Overseas Korean Traders Association; Recipient, 2016 Men of Extraordinary Influence, Philippine Cancer Society.
The 2019 ceremonies were timed with 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the Republic of Korea.
Among OMMEP member schools represented are Biliran Province University, Concord Technical Institute, FEATI University, Lady of Fatima University, MATS College of Technology, Misamis Institute of Technology, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Institute of Technology, Our Lady of Fatima University, Our Lady of Triumph Institute of Technology;
Palompon Institute of Technology, PIMSAT Colleges, Professional Academy of the Phils,
Saint Joseph Institute of Technology, Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology,
Siquijor State Colleges, University of the Visayas, Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences.
The MOUs aim to strengthen cooperation by academic exchanges, especially in maritime education and training:
- To establish an affiliation and framework international exchange agreements in academic areas and maritime education and training;
- To invite officials to visit to become acquainted with the host institution’s programs and operation, and expand areas of cooperation;
- To identify opportunities for faculty and staff exchanges;
- To establish programs for qualified students to study at each other’s institution;
- To engage in Shipboard Training (SBT);
- To make faculty, staff, and students aware of the academic programs, research institutes, and other resources at the other institution;
- To encourage faculty and staff to share expertise through review of research papers or studies and/or through projects or activities; and
- To train students and faculty on:
- Basic Korean Language for Maritime [BKL]
- English Skills for Maritime [EST]
- Employability Skills Training Program [ESTP]
- To install the Learning Management System [LMS] in each School for Online Learning.
- To identify other areas of possible interest and collaboration.
December 11, FEATI President Adolfo Jesus R. Gopez signed an MOU with KSNU President Kuack Byong-Sun at the FEATI Maritime Training and Assessment Center, Sta. Cruz, Manila.
Doctors Gopez and Byong-Sun were joined by KSNU and FEATI senior officials and OMMEP member-schools represented by the presidents, school heads and trustees.
The signing was followed by Q&A, to clarify thoughts and possibilities. A FEATI audio video was projected, then a tour of campus led by Capt. Hernando Eusebio, Deputy to the CEO for Maritime Affairs.
Dr. Gopez acknowledged the yeoman efforts of OMMEP President Maglasang and FEATI Training Director Capt. Del Prado to realize the “historic” project, with an industry partner as Mr. Kim of the Foscon Group.
U/Sec. Renato Ebarle reads the message of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III:
“I commend … the leadership of OMMEP for this undertaking aligned with the vision of the President and the objectives of the Korean Summit.
Filipinos and South Koreans can make a significant impact through sustainable cooperation and collaboration.
Our people-to-people cultural and academic exchanges and human resource development will surely benefit member schools of OMMEP Kunsan National University and the maritime sector.
This will certainly benefit the thousands Filipinos and South Koreans maritime students and professionals through the uplift of maritime education and training that will be at par with international standards.
You are assured of our full support on this undertaking.”
On the side,
Sec. Bello was referring to the recent Korean Summit held in Busan with President Rodrigo Duterte in attendance.
A close friend of Ebarle and Bello, Maglasang promised to facilitate the donation of one training ship which the secretary expects.
South Koreans are now the main bulk of immigrants to the Philippines. In fact, there is already a Korean Desk at immigration while none yet for China (even if the news often carry Chinese working without the necessary papers)
Dr. Joy Clarita Villapando, Worldwidelink Educational Development, led an emotional finale:
A candle was lit, in optimism of the partnership between FEATI and KSNU. A video was projected to set the mood, participants holding hand-in-hand, singing the iconic “If We Hold on Together.”
And cheering, and cheers: “KSNU- You Give us Hope – OMMEP”.