The University of Cebu Maritime Education Training Center (UC-METC) got the nod from officials of the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA). Panama certification requires various steps including the recognition audit of the Maritime Training Center, which is done every two years.
UC-METC currently has 30 maritime upgrading courses accredited by PMA. Four new courses were also recognized – Maritime Pollution III-V, Maritime Pollution I-VI (consolidated), Medical Care and Electronic Chart Display and Information System.
Maritime Training Department Deputy Engr. Cecilia Hernandez, Maritime Training Department Head Ms. Joanna Rodriguez, Maritime Training Department Assistant to the Head Ms. Yennifer Peña and Universidad Maritama Internacional de Panama and Universidad Tecnologica de Panama Professor and former PMA Ports Compliance Officer Engr. Roberto Pineda were in UC-METC to conduct the quality audit.
An evaluation of the training programs by the Consulate of the Republic of Panama in Manila were also part of the renewal procedure as well as the documentation requirements that scrutinize the credentials and course materials of the instructors to make sure it abides by their established standards.
Only seafarers who obtained trainings from Panama-recognized maritime training centers can go on board Panamanian vessels. Panamanian ship owners and manning agencies handling Panamanian vessels refer to a list of PMA-recognized training centers provided by the Consulate of the Republic of Panama before accepting new crew members and ship officers.
As of 2003, one-third of the registered Panamanian ships were manned by Filipino seafarers. In 2010, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration recorded 339,608 officers and non-marine Filipino seafarers who worked aboard foreign vessels. Within that year, Panama registered ships ranked highest in terms of employing Filipinos on board with 66,523 registered seafarers.
The UC administration headed by President Atty. Augusto W. Go and Chancellor Ms. Candice G. Gotianuy understand the need of Filipino seafarers to be globally competitive. Thus, UC-METC continues its practice of offering established quality education and training.
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