The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) together with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) came out with the new Policy Standards and Guidelines (PSG) for the BS Marine Transportation (BSMT) and BS Marine Engineering (BSMarE) programs on June 7, 2019.

The new PSG, which is the subject of the Joint CHED-MARINA Memorandum Circular 01 s. 2019, was published in the website of MARINA only a few weeks ago.

“The new PSG was the product of Executive Order No. 63 na inutos ni Presidente (signed by the President) to strengthen further MARINA on maritime education and training,” MARINA Officer-in-Charge VAdm. NarcisoVingson, Jr. said during a meeting with members of the press early this month.

In short, the EO established MARINA as the lead agency in Philippine MET (maritime education and training).

MARINA Officer-in-Charge VAdm Narciso Vingson Jr.

Kasi (Because) before, MARINA only takes care of the training, and CHED the maritime education. They have two different mandates so when they implement them, industry stakeholders are confused.

“So to harmonize and standardize maritime education and training in the Philippines dapat mayroon kang (you should have a) program, implementation and audit. Before, MARINA is doing only inspection and monitoring. After the fact na lang siya pumapasok (is the only time when the agency enters the scene).”

“But to ensure that maritime institutions are compliant, you have to accredit their program, after that you have to monitor how do they perform, and conduct random inspections. Before wala ang MARINA rito (MARINA is not part of this),” the OIC of MARINA said.

Now MARINA, jointly with CHED, will have to approve the maritime institutions before these can offer maritime programs particularly BS Marine Transportation (BSMT) and BS Marine Engineering (BSMarE). “Now MARINA and CHED will approve their accreditation, jointly monitor them to ensure their compliance with (the PSG).”

He nonetheless admitted that maritime schools did not want it initially, but after conducting a series of consultations eventually they had become receptive to the changes. 

Ang isyu lang naman nila (Their only issue) is onboard training, but it’s a part of the curriculum. Hindi trabaho ng MARINA na magpa- (It is not MARINA’s job to provide the) onboard training. We’re just regulators,” he said categorically. (More…)

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