MANILA, PHILIPPINES — “With the support of the [maritime] stakeholders and partners, we are optimistic that [the] MARINA is set to sail towards an integrated and globally-competitive maritime industry.”

So said MARINA OIC Vice-Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr. as he addressed the 20th CrewConnect Global Conference, the world’s largest and most influential event for the marine human resource community, held in Manila today, 06 November 2018.

In the event, Vice-Admiral Vingson primarily presented salient points and major programs of the ten-year maritime industry development program (MIDP) — a road map that will guide the MARINA from 2019 to 2029 in leading the Philippines towards becoming a major maritime nation.

Since its establishment in 1974, the MARINA is coming up with a 10-Year MIDP, for the first time which is pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 474, the charter creating the Agency.

Vice-Admiral Vingson also introduced the fundamentals of the MARINA to its stakeholders and partners, underscoring the agency’s mandate, vision, mission, and core values.

Furthermore, the former military chief strategist shared the MARINA’s plans for sustained growth and the progress of the country’s maritime industry – taking pride in the Philippines being known as the 4th largest shipbuilding nation and one of the primary providers of high quality marine human resources in the world.

“This positioned the Philippines in the world maritime map as the leading source of seafarers, with more than 400,000 total deployed overseas and sea-based OFWs remittance amounting to $5.80 billion. The numbers speak of the vibrancy and potential that continue to invigorate the Philippine maritime seascape,” Vice-Admiral Vingson said.

Finally, the MARINA OIC emphasized that these developments and programs can only mean good and positive things for the Philippine maritime industry, as maritime stakeholders strive to reform, revitalize, and innovate for the future.