As part of the preparation for the incoming International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) in October 2021, the Philippine Maritime Administration, through the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), conducted a Verification Audit from 20 to 24 January 2020 to different maritime government agencies.

The said activity is a follow through action from the internal inter-agency mock audit held in 2018 to measure the corrective actions of each government agency in relation with the findings and observations found since the 2018 internal audit.

The MARINA Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Administrator VAdm Narciso A Vingson Jr graced the activity by sharing the purpose of conducting a Verification Audit.

“This follow-up audit will allow the agencies to correct and resolve significant gaps in the implementation and enforcement of relevant international maritime instruments”, VAdm Vingson said.

During the Closing Meeting, the Auditors’ Team Leader, Director Emmanuel B. Carpio of the MARINA – Planning and Policy Service (MARINA – PPS) recalled the undertakings attained and completed by the Philippine maritime administration in compliance for the mandatory audit in 2021.

Moreover, the Director of the MARINA – Overseas Shipping Service (MARINA – OSS) and the Philippines’ Single Point of Contact (SPC) for IMSAS 2021, Atty. Jean Ver P. Pia, PhD, concluded the activity with an interactive discussion on further actions and activities to be taken by the Philippine maritime administration until the IMSAS in October 2021.

The government agencies involved in the said audit were the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Cebu Port Authority (CPA), MARINA, National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), and National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA).

The Philippine Maritime Administration holds follow-up and mock audits to determine the extent of compliance by the Philippines in implementing and enforcing its functions under the mandatory international maritime instruments as a flag, port and coastal State.

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