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New MARINA chief Empedrad vows a corrupt-free agency

New Marina chief Empedrad vows a corrupt-free agency
Genivi Factao March 18, 2020

Newly installed Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) Administrator VAdm Robert A. Empedrad on Monday assured all the stakeholders in the maritime industry that they would see reforms to eradicate corruption and ensure a vibrant seafaring industry.

Empedrad, who retired last February as the flag officer in command of the Philippine Navy replaced Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr, officer-in-charge (OIC) Administrator of Marina effective March 16, 2020. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte appointed Empedrad on March 2.

In his first day of office, Empedrad asked all Marina personnel for cooperation to be able to serve the people well. He said they need to work uncompromisingly to eradicate corruption and malpractices in Marina.

He vowed to enhance the morale and welfare of the employees of Marina, including their dependents to assure efficient public service.

Empedrad wanted to ensure the competitive advantage of Filipino seafarers; so, that they remain the primary choice in the seafaring community. He would also push for the development of shipping industries and promote the vision of a capable, self-reliant shipbuilding industry.

Following Duterte’s declaration of Code Red Sublevel 2 due to the increasing threat of Covid-19, Empedrad assured the public that the delivery of services would not be impeded while giving primary consideration to the safety and protection of both Marina personnel and clients.

Empedrad was welcomed by outgoing Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Administrator Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr, together with Marina’s Deputy Administrators, STCWO deputy executive director and service directors on Monday.

“I have relinquished Marina to VAdm Robert Empedrad. Thank you for the support you have given Marina during my watch. May you render the same amount of support for VAdm Empedrad as you serve the maritime industry together,” Vingson said.

Among the unfinished tasks which the new Marina chief needs to accomplish were the European Maritime Safety Agency’s (EMSA) audit, International Maritime Organization Member State Audit Scheme in 2021, and now the impact of Covid- 19 outbreak to the shipping industry.