As it aims to promote the maritime industry through the establishment of collaborative efforts and programs that are anchored with the Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP) 2019-2028 and MARINA Strategic Voyage Plan 2022-2028, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) convened the first meeting with the appointed International Maritime Organization (IMO) Goodwill Maritime Ambassadors (GMAs) of the Republic of the Philippines for 2022-2023 on 05 May 2022 via video conference.

The MARINA Deputy Administrator for Operations, Engr. Nannette Villamor-Dinopol, graced the said meeting by expressing her gratitude for the unmeasurable support and commitment of the IMO GMAs in promoting the maritime industry.

“With this new role as IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassadors, I am confident that you will be able to reach and inspire new and young generation of seafarers as you continually raise awareness on the benefits of being in the maritime field,” Engr. Dinopol said.

During the meeting, the MARINA – Overseas Shipping Service Officer-In-Charge, Ms. Precila C. Jara, provided a brief background about the IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador Scheme and formally introduced the country’s IMO GMAs for 2022-2023.

Based on her presentation, an IMO GMA is a spokesperson or advocate for the maritime and seafaring professions in their region or nations.

The overall objective of an IMO GMA is to reach new target audiences to educate and inform on the importance of shipping and the role of IMO, and inspire a new generation of seafarers and other maritime professionals.

Further, the MARINA – Planning and Policy Service Director Luisito Delos Santos presented the audio-visual presentations regarding the MIDP 2019-2028 and Strategic Voyage Plan 2022-2028 for the IMO GMAs to have a better understanding and be able to align their projects and activities to the said publications.

Meanwhile, the IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassadors of the Philippines – Ambassador Carlos Salinas, Ambassador Josephine Francisco, Ambassador VADM Eduardo MA R Santos and Ambassador Yrhen Balinis delivered their messages wherein they have shared their plans and initiatives to promote the industry. They have likewise highlighted their steadfast commitment in supporting and working with the Philippine maritime administration to have a safe, globally competitive, and environmentally-sound maritime and shipping industry.

The first meeting with the IMO GMA of the Republic of the Philippines for 2022-2023 was attended by the IMO Regional Coordinator in East Asia, Atty. Josephine Marie G. Uranza, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassadors – Ambassador Carlos Salinas, Ambassador Josephine Francisco, Ambassador VADM Eduardo MA R Santos and Ambassador Yrhen Balinis, Maritime Attaché in London, Atty. Jean Ver P. Pia and officials and representatives from the MARINA.