By National Maritime Polytechnic
February 23, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) and Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) continue to strengthen its tie-up as the NMP Executive Director, Joel B. Maglunsod was inducted as a new member of the PCGA under the PCGA 11Ost Auxiliary Squadron last 09 February 2020 held at the NMP Maritime Training Annex Building, Cabalawan, Tacloban City.
The said induction was led by the Philippine Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas (CGDEV) Commo Normando D Reyes PCG. It also highlighted the promotion of selected NMP employees as officers of the PCGA.
Noteworthy that the cooperation of NMP & PCGA started since 2012 as several NMP employees were appointed to services of the PCGA per PCGDEV General Orders Number 01 dated 24 April 2012. In the same manner, other Directors of NMP were also members of the said auxiliary.
Similarly, on NMP's conduct of Basic Safety Training for Motorboat Handlers/Operators and Fisherfolks with Typhoon Preparedness (BSTMHOF) in coordination with Local Government Units (LGU), the PCG acts as Resource Person/s on topics: Debriefing and Marine Environment Protection that would promote safety of life and property at sea.
Consequently, aligned with the same mission of preserving the marine environment, NMP offers the Consolidated Marine Pollution (MARPOL) 73/78, an STCW Mandated course which discusses ways in minimizing pollution of the oceans and seas including dumping, oil and air pollution among others.
Also in the objective to provide officers and crew onboard the proper operation of the Oily Water Separator (OWS), the said course is also offered by NMP to ensure the preservation of the marine environment through the complete elimination of pollution by oil per MARPOL regulations.
Through the years, the NMP & PCGA tie-up preserved the vision and mission of the auxiliary – to enhance coastal community relations and preserve the marine environment through the conduct of coastal clean-up in various places of the region and other activities adherent to being reliable partners of the PCG.
The PCGA is a uniformed, voluntary, non-government, non-political, service-oriented organization established on 09 February 1972 whose membership adhere to naval customs and traditions; to its organizational structure and its own chain of leadership and management parallel to the PCG.
Further, the PCGA was officially recognized under Section 11 of Republic Act Number 9993, otherwise known as the PCG Law of 2009.