MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has launched its 45th year anniversary celebration through the recognition of the winners of the photo, video, slogan, and logo competitions graced by Hon. Jesulito A. Manalo, House Committee Chairperson on Overseas Workers Affairs, today, 06 May 2019.

On September 2018, the MARINA opened the 45th year anniversary competitions to the public to encourage them to take part in the celebration of the Agency’s milestone. After eight months and hundreds of entries from seafarers, professionals, and students, the MARINA finally awarded the 12 winners, with three winning entries per category.

Karlo Angelo Batir, a seafarer from Iloilo, won the first place in the photo competition, while Richard Paul Mendoza, a BS Marine Transportation graduate, championed in the video competition.

Moreover, the official logo and slogan of the MARINA’s 45th year anniversary were crafted out of the entries of John Bermejo from Caloocan City and Baby Argawanon from Cebu City.

“MARINA’s 45th year anniversary symbolizes 45 years of dedicated service anchored on professionalism, integrity, and excellence. I challenge everyone: Let us give our best in the things that we do so our clients will feel the positive change in the service that we provide,” Hon. Manalo said.

MARINA – STCW Office receives ISO Certification

Furthermore, the event served as an avenue for MARINA – STCW Office to receive its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 from the Bureau Veritas Certification – Philippines.

On October 2018, Bureau Veritas Certification – Philippines conducted an audit of the QMS of the MARINA – STCW Office to determine its level of compliance with the requirements of the ISO standards, of which the office successfully passed.

Administrative Order No. 161 (2006) and Executive Order No. 605 (2007) required the government to institutionalize its Quality Management System (QMS) for the enhancement of its internal systems and processes, resulting in efficient and effective delivery of public service.

“This certificate is a testament of our commitment to deliver quality services to the public in accordance with established standards, policies, and procedures. It is my sincere hope that the culture of quality will be deeply ingrained in all personnel of the MARINA, so we may continuously serve the nation with professionalism, integrity, and excellence,” MARINA OIC Vice-Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr said, as delivered by MARINA Deputy Administrator for Operations Engr. Nannette Villamor-Dinopol.