MARINA, PAMTCI sign agreement on safety training

November 26, 2009 3:27 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 26 — The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Philippine Association of Maritime Training Centers, Inc. (PAMTCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently for the conduct of Basic Safety Training course and Typhoon Preparedness for fishermen, boat captains and marine diesel mechanics manning small fishing boats and motorbancas which are below 35 gross tons.

MARINA was represented by Administrator Maria Elena H. Bautista, while the PAMTCI president Merie Jimenez–San Pedro signed the MOU on behalf of the organization.

Bautista said that the MOU is envisioned to implement the issuance of Identity Document to seafarer on board small watercraft who will undergo said training courses.

It will provide an effective identification and continuing record of service to this humble group, Bautista said.

She added that said training courses will surely improve the safety awareness and culture of these seafarers who are mostly blamed for the numerous maritime accidents specially during the bad weather conditions.

MARINA shall coordinate with PAMTCI in the planning and implementation of the training program. It will disseminate information through regional offices for monitoring of participations of trainees in the training program and assist PAMTCI in the continuing improvement of the training program.

For its part, the PAMTCI members shall develop and continuously enhance the training program in consultation with concerned parties.

It will provide resources persons/lectures with expertise on Basic Safety Training and Typhoon Preparedness using their venue, equipment, training supplies/materials and support staff to assist in the conduct of training.

After the training PAMTCI/members shall issue Certificates of Training to those seafarers who passed the assessment and submit to the MARINA the corresponding completion report.

MARINA, pursuant to its Charter, Presidential Decree 474 is tasked to maintain a reservoir of qualified and trained maritime manpower and provide for the economical, safe, adequate and efficient shipment of commodities and people, prescribe and enforce rules and regulations governing water transportation.

PAMTCI is a private organization of maritime training to seafarers nationwide and is accredited by the Maritime Training Council (MTC) in the conduct of Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Courses). (PNA)

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