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MARINA to conduct thorough review of all oil tankers

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (22 September) -- The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) will be conducting a thorough review and inspection of all our oil tankers to see if they have met all the requirements to operate the said vessels.

"This would include the qualifications of all its crew members to really give the assurance that accidents like the Guimaras oil spill can be prevented from happening in our area," Marianito Mendoza, Regional Director of MARINA-10, said.

"I do not really see it as a big problem here in Northern Mindanao, because there are only a few of them, just about 2-3 oil tankers. But still, we do not lower our guards. In fact, we would like to instill 'safety consciousness' in the minds of all the people in the maritime industry so that similar accidents can be avoided," he said.

Speaking on the "Dynamic Development in All Sectors of the Maritime Industry," theme of this year's National Maritime Week observed Sept. 18-22, 2006, Mendoza stressed the contribution of everybody in the industry, during the start of the celebrations at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Greenbelt Area in Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City.

"Starting from those of you who issue the receipts to those of you who take up the cargoes for loading or unloading them, to those of you who take charge of catching the ropes and take part in the docking procedures of incoming ships and even to those of you who sell food to our port workers, you all play a role in our industry and that includes taking care of our environment," he said.

"We can avoid disasters like the Guimaras oil spill and prevent similar incidents from happening again, if we will all unite and be safety conscious all the time, as health and safety of the people are the government's utmost concern," Mendoza also said.

Meanwhile, at least five (5) higher education institutions (HEI) in Northern Mindanao have continued to qualify for the International Maritime Organization-Safety Training Certification and Watch-keeping '95 requirements during the school year 2005-2006.

"Required per Memorandum Order No. 10, series of 2002 of the Commission on Higher Education, the IMO-STCW '95 is a certification that an HEI adheres and passes the international maritime standards of safety and watch-keeping," Eloisa W. Paderanga, Ph.,D., Regional Director of CHED-10, said.

These HEIs and their locations are: Capitol University, CDO for Bachelor of Science in Maritime Transportation (BSMT) with government recognition (GR) 285 and BS Maritime Engineering (BSMarE), GR 286 and Misamis Institute of Technology, Ozamiz City, BSMT, GR 283 and BSMarE, GR 284, all series of 2000.

Southern de Oro Philippine College, also of CDO, BSMT, GR005, s.2003, Misamis University, Ozamiz City, GR 033, s. 1996 and Lyceum of Iligan City, BSMT, Temporary Permit (TP) 0017. (PIA 10) [top]

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