PASAY CITY, PHILIPPINES — The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has completed the formulation process of the priority projects under the 10-year Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP) at the external stakeholders’ validation workshop held in Pasay City on 11 December 2018.

The 10-year MIDP aims to accelerate achievement of nationally integrated and globally competitive maritime industry through developing and supporting an organizational culture and practice of leading in maritime education, innovation, technology, and sustainability.

In the workshop, MARINA officer-in-charge Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr presented the overview of the MARINA’s initiatives in building a nationally-integrated and globally competitive Philippine maritime industry through the MIDP.

“The formulation of MIDP 2019-2028 is a participatory process, enabling us to deeply understand the present conditions of the maritime industry and draw up a comprehensive long-term plan for its sustainable growth and development,” Vice Admiral Vingson said.

The MIDP Formulation Process, which officially launched in June 2017, follows two phases consisting of: ‘Sector Assessment’ that encompassed the conduct of road mapping workshops and analyses on stakeholders, problems, objectives, and alternatives based on a logical planning framework approach; and ‘Participatory Planning’ that included sector goal and objectives definition, priority program identification, results framework development for each of the programs, and validation workshops, with the said external validation as the final process.

The entire process was guided by relevant national legislations and plans, particularly Presidential Decree No. 747 of 1974, Ambisyon 2040, Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, Sustainable Development Goals 2030, and the international and regional commitments of the government to the maritime sector.

The MARINA came up with the eight (8) flagship programs under the MIDP. These are: the upgrading of domestic shipping in support of the nautical highway development, the development of shipping services for maritime tourism, the development of Coastal and Inland Waterways Transport (CIWT) system, the strengthening of safety standards of Philippine Registered Fishing Vessels, the development of global maritime hub, the enhancement of maritime safety in the Philippines, the modernization of maritime security in the Philippines, and the establishment of a maritime innovation and knowledge center.

Furthermore, Vice Admiral Vingson emphasized that the developments and programs under the MIDP means good and positive things for the Philippine maritime industry, as the agency and all the stakeholders strive to reform, revitalize, and innovate for the future.

Finally, the MARINA OIC expressed his appreciation to all the stakeholders and partners participated in the final part of the formulation process, as they became an integral part in driving the industry forward and sailing towards a nationally integrated and globally competitive Philippine maritime industry.

The draft 10-yr MIDP may be accessed via