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MAAP maritime instruction had evolved
Written by Cherry   
Monday, 09 January 2012

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz headed the inauguration of the Center for Advanced Maritime Studies (CAMS). Some maritime leaders from Asia and Europe call attention to the role of Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) together with their president Vice Admiral Eduardo Ma. R. Santos (AFP, ret.). Their goal is to mold young Filipinos as professional and globally competitive thru high quality of maritime education and training.

During the event, other officials of different maritime organizations from Asia and Europe delivered inspirational messages of congratulation and felicitations to MAAP, AMOSUJP and CAMS, this includes Akimitsu Ashnida, President of Japanese Shipowners Association; Me. Tsutomu Iizuka, Chairman of the International Mariners’ Management of Japan; Yoji Fujhisawa, President of All Japan Seamen's Union; and representatives from European maritime, shipping and manning industry. The unveiling and blessing of the monument and bust of the late Capt. Gregorio S. Oca (MM, Ph.D.) also happened. Capt. Gregorio S. Oca (MM, Ph.D.) was the founder of the biggest union of mariners in the world - the Associated Marine Officers' and Seamen's Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) with 90,000 members at the MAAP campus at Kamaya Point on Nov. 28, 2011. According to Baldoz, the national government's cognizance of MAAP’s contribution to the country's seafaring industry describes the Academy as one of government's strong partners in the growth and development of the country's maritime sector.

Baldoz stressed out that she personally witnessed how the institution has grown in terms of student population, employment and infrastructure. She is constantly amazed at how MAAP has evolved into what it is right now. She had maintained strong partnership with institutions like MAAP put into effect our national strategies to make sure of stable supply of ‘competent’ seafarers for the world and employment for our people. She further said that the Philippines is the world's top supplier of seafarers, with around 400,000 Filipino seamen-officers and crew- currently deployed aboard inter-ocean vessels worldwide. She said the government has also maintained a ‘bold, yet receptive and responsive' stance to address maritime issues raised by international monitoring bodies such as the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

To enhance the country's competitiveness, the national government has drawn up strategies to sustain the growing demand for competent seafarers. The Labor chief stated that they have noted an increase in the number of deployment of seafarers to the international fleet. The agency also joins the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Maritime Training Council (MTC) and the private sector to endorse quality education and skills training. [via]

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