MANILA, PHILIPPINES – To strengthen inter-agency collaboration for the enhancement of the country’s maritime industry, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), in collaboration with the Maritime League, hosted the 144th maritime forum in Manila today, 26 April 2019.
MARINA OIC – Administrator Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr welcomed the government and private sector partners of the Maritime League and reiterated the MARINA’s support to the non-profit maritime foundation through information sharing, cooperation, and unity.
“I look forward to more harmonious efforts such as this forum in advancing the maritime interest of the Philippines towards becoming a strong maritime nation,” Vice Admiral Vingson said.
The MARINA presented the latest initiatives to promote the welfare of the seafarers, including the implementation of the Executive Order No. 63, the MARINA Integrated System Management Online (MISMO), as well as the revised policies, standards, and guidelines (PSG) on the conduct of the Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and the Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE).
The MARINA also discussed updates on the 10-year maritime industry development plan (MIDP), including the activities conducted during the first quarter of 2019 which were aligned to the objectives of the MIDP’s eight priority programs.
Several initiatives highlighted included the newly-opened Roll-on / Roll-off routes for the improvement of the country’s Road RoRo Terminal System (RRTS), awareness campaigns on maritime tourism, progress on the establishment of the first-ever Coastal and Inland Waterways Transport System (CIWTS) as a response to land-based traffic condition, collaborative meetings with public and private stakeholders on the realization of the Philippine’s global maritime hub, as well as the rules and regulations on maritime safety and maritime security.
Since 1990, the Maritime League advances the interest of the country’s maritime sector and promotes maritime safety and industry development through various communication efforts such as the regular conduct of the maritime forum.