MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad beefed up the MARINA’s organizational work force by appointing 25 new MARINA officers and personnel.

Via video conference, VADM Empedrad administered the mass oath-taking of the new appointees on Tuesday, 27 October 2020, which was facilitated by the Human Resources Development Division (HRMDD) of the Management, Financial and Administrative Service (MFAS) under the leadership of Director Nenita Atienza.

The assumption into office of these employees will allow the MARINA to deliver its frontline services faster, more conveniently, and more efficiently to maritime stakeholders.

The 25 plantilla positions were composed of: two (2) Attorney IV, one (1) Supervising Maritime Industry Development Specialist, nine (9) Maritime Industry Development Specialist II, one (1) Shipbuilding Specialist II, one (1) Administrative Officer III, two (2) Maritime Industry Development Specialist I, one (1) Registration Officer, one (1) Administrative Officer I, one (1) Administrative Assistant II, three (3) Administrative Assistant I, one (1) Administrative Aide VI, and two (2) Administrative Aide IV.

“I am overjoyed to see such young blood, with all the energy and vigor. Joining our team, I hope you will not find our home confining for talents and skills. The maritime industry is wide enough for you to grow and enhance your potential,” the Administrator said during his opening remarks. “I trust that the knowledge you have built through the years will be enough to sustain and amplify our vision, mission, and goals for the MARINA and the maritime industry.”

The continuous filling-up of vacant plantilla positions is one of the VADM Empedrad’s 10-point agenda particularly on the strengthening of the MARINA organization to promote efficiency as a sustainable approach to serving maritime stakeholders with fast and reliable services.

The MARINA is likewise collaborating with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) for a new organizational structure of the Agency to respond to the present and anticipated challenges of the local and the global maritime industry.

Similarly, the MARINA is lobbying support from the Congress, particularly the MARINO Partylist, for the creation of MARINA Regional Offices in Cagayan Valley (Region 2), Central Luzon (Region 3) and MIMAROPA Region.

MARINA believes that the establishment of more MARINA Regional Offices will not only bring its services to its stakeholders but to allow Filipino seafarers process and file their applications in MARINA offices near them.