BRENDA V. PIMENTEL

MARINER’S PRIDE

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A veteran of more than 20 years at sea, 3rd Engineer Edgar F. Nazarrea is officer-in-charge of an engineering watch, and Training Director at the Mariners’ Polytechnic Training Center. Driven by the desire to help his family, Edgar F. Nazarrea pursued his seafaring career even as he had already started…

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This mantra is how the Duterte administration introduced its infrastructure program. The government allocates an enormous budget to undertake such an ambitious target to improve and ensure mobility in the country, afford comfort and convenience to travelers, passengers and shippers —through the building of roads, railways, airports, and seaports. The…

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The economic managers of President Rodrigo Duterte are optimistic about the economic and business opportunities created by the government’s launch of its BUILD, BUILD, BUILD program, which is the most ambitious infrastructure blueprint the country ever had. Construction of roads, airports, seaports and other transport facilities is expected to stir…

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Five weeks from now, the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) will be observing its 43rd foundation day and it is expected that preparations are underway to celebrate the first year of the agency under President Duterte’s administration. As in past administrations, government agencies must be preparing a scorecard of accomplishments for…

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The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) have taken steps to enhance passenger safety as peak travel season begins, the agencies announced. MARINA and the PPA began posting the WoW ang Byahe posters on domestic passenger ships and passenger terminals throughout the country in the first…

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The entire Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TNRP) will officially be an Area to be Avoided (ATBA) by all maritime traffic, after the International Maritime Organization (IMO) endorsed the Philippines’ proposal to upgrade the protection of the area. The IMO Subcommittee on Navigation, Communications, and Search and Rescue (NCSR) approved the…

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Fitter Candido Bantayan Jr. hitched his star to a seafaring dream, which he nurtured despite his inability to finish a marine-related course. Born in Tondo, Manila and a product of public education, Fitter Bantayan tried to work his way through college and enrolled in Marine Engineering at the Feati University,…

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For the longest time, questions were raised on how Philippine ships engaged in domestic voyages are measured, considering the fleet consists of second-hand vessels imported from our neighboring countries in East Asia. Most of these upon reaching Philippine shores are converted into different types of ships, or refitted to increase…

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) last week conducted a workshop for maritime teachers and instructors on teaching the energy efficient operation of ships, which will help enhance the Philippines’ maritime training curriculum, organizers said. The national workshop on the “Implementation IMO Model Course 4.05…