The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), formally received state-of-the-art maritime training equipment from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in a hand-over ceremony held recently at the NMP Training Complex in Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City.
"I would like to commend the very quick response that JICA has made in assisting the NMP. Indeed, your generosity and commitment to help our country is truly invaluable", said Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III in his acceptance message, which was read by Undersecretary Nicon Fameronag on his behalf.
The donation is under the grant aid from the Government of Japan for the implementation of the NMP's program for rehabilitation and recovery from Typhoon Yolanda.
The donation includes the delivery, installation and commissioning of training equipment or simulators that consist of a tanker-type totally enclosed lifeboat and davit, fast rescue boat and davit, full mission global maritime distress safety system simulator, full mission engine room simulator, and various safety equipment.
NMP OIC-Executive Director Manuel C. Roldan expressed his gratitude to the government of Japan after narrating how the agency recovered from the devastation of typhoon Yolanda following its interventions through the JICA grant.
"When disasters happen, we should not just recover from it, but reconstruct in such a way that it could mitigate damage if another disaster happens. The equipment rehabilitation of the NMP that we have turned-over was designed with the 'build back better' policy in mind," said First Secretary Koji Otani who represented His Excellency Kazuhide Ishikawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines.
"With this assistance, we hope to help the Philippines train world-class seafarers and at the same time provide equipment that will be used in times of disasters," he added.
Yuki Kawada, Project Formulation Advisor of JICA, said that the agency is pleased with the opportunity to extend their assistance to the Philippines as it is their advocacy to uplift the social and economic conditions of partner countries through technology transfer and human resources development.
General Manager Akira Kinoshita of Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding led the turnover of the final drawings and operation and maintenance manuals to NMP OIC-Executive Director Manuel C. Roldan; while Captain Hiroshi Sekine, President of Japan Marine Science confirmed that the project was successfully completed and that the equipment were installed properly.
The final acceptance certificate was signed by Undersecretary Fameronag, NMP OIC-Executive Director Roldan, General Manager Kinoshita, and Captain Sekine.
The hand-over ceremony was witnessed by Tadashi Okano and Professor Kenji Ikenishi of Japan Marine Science (JMS) Consultant Group; Kunihiko Murai and Junji Shirai, project engineers of Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (MES); Masayoshi Ueda, Hisao Uenishi and Katsuhide Akeno, project engineers from Terasaki Electric Co., Ltd.
Also in attendance were officials and representatives from the DOLE-Regional Coordinating Council 8, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), other NMP officials and employees, and several media personnel.
In his closing message, NMP OIC-Deputy Executive Director Jeffrey D. Cortazar said the agency, through a technical cooperation program, has been a beneficiary of Japan's assistance since 1984. He said that the cooperation had gone a long way in training more than 320,000 seafarers.
The NMP, the only government-owned maritime training center in the Philippines,
was established to provide world-class maritime training to Filipino seafarers through specialized safety courses and to continue conducting researches useful for policy formulation. It is located in Cabalawan, Tacloban City, Leyte.
Source: Philippine Information Agency