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With this year’s theme IMO CONVENTIONS : EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) actively spearheaded the celebration, and ably supported by other maritime agencies, constituting the Philippine Coastguard, Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Navy, PISA, Cebu Port Authority, maritime training centers and stakeholders. Various suitable programs applicable in the respective areas of jurisdictions were slated, which included the following :
In Cebu, MARINA Region 7 Director Engr. Nanette Z. Villamor – Dinopol, photo below, warmly welcomed participants and guests to the commemoration.
Highlight of the day was the Public Consultation/Workshop on the newly approved MARINA STCW Circulars which was held at the JSU-PSU Mariners’ Court with Dr. Atty Capt. Alvin Tormon – Executive Director of STCW-O MARINA, Atty. Herchel Magracia, Ms. Katrina Marie Gravador, Cong. J. Manalo attending.
Republic Act 10635 is the “Act Establishing the Maritime Industry Authority as the Single Maritime Administration Responsible for the Implementation and Enforcement of International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, as amended, and International Agreement and Covenants related thereto”. This was signed into law on 13th March 2014 by President B. S. Aquino III.
Under this law, MARINA assumes all powers and functions of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), CHED (Commission on Higher Education), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Health (DOH) and National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) relative to the issuance, verification, correction, revocation or cancellation of certificates of competency, proficiency and documentary evidence required of all seafarers, and other matters in the implementation of STCW Convention 1978, as amended. #