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National Maritime Polytechnic to train motor banca operators

NMP to train motor banca operators
GENIVI FACTAO August 21, 2019

The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) is offering free basic safety training to motorboat operators and fisherfolk in Eastern Visayas to avoid maritime incidents resulting to loss of lives.

Andrew Soledad, head of NMP Information and Marketing Section, with NMP instructor, Telesforo Sambalilo, said they plan to conduct basic safety training with the aim of promoting safety of life at sea.

“With the noted occurrence of many maritime incidents and loss of lives of the local motorboat operators and fisher folks in the course of carrying out their livelihoods, the NMP partners with the interested local government units (LGUs) of Eastern Visayas in the conduct of Basic Safety Training for Motorboat Handlers/Operators and Fisherfolks, NMP said.

NMP, as the training provider, will design the training course tailored to the training needs of the participants in consultation with external entities. It will also provide support staff to assist in the duration of the activity, as well as the necessary handouts, supplies and materials, and issue a Certificate of Completion to complying participants.

Soledad and Sambalilo presented their proposal to the local government of Ormoc City during the Public Safety and Disaster Management and Laws and Ordinances Joint Committee Meeting held last on July 31, 2019.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is expected to be signed between the Ormoc City mayor (Richard Gomez) and the NMP, Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) Region 8, and the Philippine Coast Guard-Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas.

Under the MOA, the LGU will be responsible for identifying and inviting participants; providing the training venue, meals and snacks; and submitting the necessary qualifying documents such as medical certificate and 1.5 x 1.5 ID pictures of the participants.

The three-day training include topics on Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibility, Rules of the Road, Marine Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection, STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Maritime Sector, Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Maritime Sector, Marine Safety Regulations and Typhoon Preparedness.

But the modules/topics may be modified depending on the knowledge and skills needed by, and attitude of the participants.