NMP cited for contribution to seafarers upgrading
By Ninfa B Quirante
Tacloban City (20 October) -- As seafarer-trainees awaited the arrival of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo here today, they recounted how the National Maritime Polytechnic helped them achieve world class skills.
Euphrates Murallon is a 28 year old ordinary seaman from Cagayan de Oro City, he said that his training will give him an opportunity to become a third mate of the international vessel he is about to board.
He has been training in General Operations Course since August 28 and hopes to finish this October 29, 2009. He said it is the first time that he has seen PGMA up close and her presence thrilled him and his other comrades.
Another sea farer, Rene Amano from Balangiga, Eastern Samar also shared that after every sea faring contract, he always returns to NMP for upgrading, he recalls the year 1990 and this year.
"This training year for me is significant for this is where I met the President,” he noted.
The seamen-trainers recognize how the administration of PGMA recognizes the valuable contribution of Filipino seafarers to the economy.
As shared by the two, an ordinary seaman or what they call an able bodied seaman earns at least P 60 to P70 thousand a month.
The seafarers admitted that NMP charges much less than other maritime training institutions that even those from as far as Mindanao come to Tacloban City for training and upgrading.
PGMA was in town, in the biggest government maritime institution to inaugurate the state of the art maritime training simulators/ equipment of NMP.
The equipment said NMP OIC Marie Grace Ayaso was purchased by the government under PGMA to ensure that the Filipino sea farers will gain, upon completion of upgrading training courses, the knowledge and competence in operating navigational equipments.
Despite the brief encounter, the 50 or so trainees acknowledged with applause PGMA's wave while mouthing the words ‘congratulations' as she descended the stairs of NMP. (PIA-Samar) [top]