May 26, 2016
TACLOBAN CITY – The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), an attached office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the only government maritime training and research institution which office is located at Brgy. 97, Cabalawan conducted its 2nd Regular Board of Trustees (BOT) Meeting at the NMP conference Room, Administration building.
The meeting was presided by its chairperson Hon. Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) together with Usec. Nicon F. Fameronag, Undersecretary for Employability of Workers and Competitiveness of Enterprise Enhanced cluster.
Joining them are the following members of the Board; from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Miss Eleanor B.A. Fernandez - OPS OIC Director III, from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Capt. Herminio P. Estaniel – STCWO Executive Director, From the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Captain Robert Patrimonio - Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Comptrollership, PCG (CG-6), From the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Admin. Hans Leo J. Cacdac, From the Filipino Ship owners Association (FSA) Atty. Augusto Jose Y. Arreza, From the Associated Marine Officers and Seaman’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) Dr. Conrado F. Oca and with him was Atty. Jesus P. Sale Jr., From the Philippine Association of Maritime Institution (PAMI) Dr. Elizabeth O. Salabas and from the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) Labatt Manuel C. Roldan, CESO III, OIC-Executive Director. With him are the NMP Officials; Chief Administrative Officer - Atty. Ruben Y. Maceda, Head Administrative and Financial Management Division (AFMD), Captain Emmanuel Jesus M. Laguitan, Head, Maritime Training and Assessment Division (MTAD) and Chief Science Research Specialist – Miss Grace Marie T. Ayaso, Head, Maritime Research and Development Division (MRDD).
First part of report was the proposed Fencing works that will be undertaken by NMP in its lot in Tanza, Cavite in collaborative efforts with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office IV. According to the OIC- Executive Director, Manuel C. Roldan, the acquired lot in Tanza is slowly being utilized by some informal settlers. To address the issue, NMP management in coordination with the Brgy. Officials thru its Brgy. Captain placed signage and even convince the people there to move out.
The barangay already identified the place for their transfer and then the Department of Labor thru Region IV-A did a profiling of these informal settlers for possible livelihood assistance. NMP also requested the DPWH for funding of fencing in order to protect the property from further encroachment.
Updates on the NMP rehabilitation efforts after typhoon Yolanda were also made which is composed of repair and restoration of various infrastructure projects including: The Multipurpose Building (Gymnasium), Officers Dorm Wing B and C, Training Building, Covered path walk, a new two story Building which serves as the Computer Based Assessment Building, Assessment Building, Cargo Winch, Diving platform, Fire Fighting Practical Area, Slipway, the ongoing repair of the ratings dormitory, auxiliary building, 225 KVA Generator, Fire Fighting Mock-up Building and the front main gate of the NMP complex.
This efforts was done during the leadership of the BOT chairman Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz. “NMP has done much with very limited resources and with all the constraints and in behalf of the board we could say that once this is one hundred percent (100%) completed this is a very complete example of what we keep on saying Building Back Better”, the BOT chairman stated. “NMP is now back to normal even from within, I am very proud to leave this institution and pass this on to my next successor,” she added.
Likewise mentioned was the donation from the Japanese Government thru Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) of training equipment which includes the totally enclosed lifeboat and its davit, GMDSS Simulator, Fast Rescue Boat and its Davit, Engine Room Simulator and various Safety and personal protective equipment. The Board was also informed that the fast Rescue Boat arrived already in Cebu and for dispatch to Tacloban.