MANILA, PHILIPPINES – A total of 41 Master Mariners successfully passed the three (3) Harbor Pilot Licensure Examinations that were administered separately by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) on 6-8 March 2020, 23-25 September 2020, and 2-4 December 2020, respectively. Below is the list of successful examinees.

1. Aballe, Derrick S.
2. Abarado, Alexis N.
3. Acosta, Edwin O.
4. Aguirre, Arturo G.
5. Alcantara, Ulysses G.
6. Amo, Nazareno D.
7. Arillaga, Melvin B.
8. Baguio, Emerson B.
9. Bernadas, Arcturus D.
10. Bialen, Raul B.
11. Bitoy, Alexander A.
12. Bordios, Judy M.
13. Cabili, Jackson R.
14. Campos, Gary Joseph S.
15. Capangpangan, Sernuel T.
16. Carcallas, Dexur G.
17. Casiano, Aldrin S.
18. Cosina, Orael C.
19. Damasing, Danilo M.
20. Deterala, Tirso O.
21. Dioneda, Nestor
22. Espiritu, Jovito M.
23. Flores, Loreto R.
24. Garrote, Candelario I.
25. Ilagan, Elmer A.
26. Juanico, Jessie C.
27. Jucom, Aldrin B.
28. Labadan, Arnold B.
29. Laurente, Arturo R.
30. Lim, Allan E.
31. Mella, Leonardo B.
32. Merin, Michael B.
33. Oidem, Rommel R.
34. Osabel, Jonathan P.
35. Pallega, Felibert P.
36. Teodisio, Marconi P.
37. Terazona, Almond J.
38. Timario, David G.
39. Tormentar, Khen M.
40. Yaneza, Zaldy P.
41. Zamora, Rommel M.

MARINA Administrator VADM Robert A Empedrad extolled these new Harbor Pilots to be faithful in their sworn duty to ensure safety of property and life, and the protection of the marine environment as they guide the ships enter ports during their oath taking ceremonies held recently.

“Sana sa inyong bagong trabaho, magtulong-tulong tayo para masigurado natin na safe ang ating mga piers. We are modernizing. We are building a lot of ports. We are building a lot of nautical highways. Ang dami niyan, and so the demand for harbor pilots are getting higher. Increasing. Nakita niyo naman ang Build, Build, Build project ng ating President. We encourage foreign ships to come here and compete with our domestic ships. “

Citing several maritime accidents that happened earlier this year, Administrator Empedrad also elucidated that Harbor Pilots should focus on their main objective, which is maritime safety and protection of the marine environment. “Yan ang pinu-push ng MARINA, safety at all fronts.”

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 125/125-A, the MARINA is mandated to undertake the licensing of harbor pilots in the country.

A candidate for the Habor Pilot Licensure Examinations should be at least 35 years of age at the time of the examination; mentally and physically fit; Master in command of a merchant ship or PCG or NAMRIA and other non-combatant ship of more than 500 GT of not less than five (5) years; of good moral character and not included in the database of watchlisted seafarers.