BRENDA V. PIMENTEL

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I have no doubt many Filipinos will answer without batting an eyelash, “yes! The Philippines is a maritime nation.” The succeeding questions will give most of us away: Has government or industry stakeholders and the general public able to relate to the significance of the country’s maritime circumstance and how…

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Two maritime events successively took place last week of July to tackle the same issue: bringing together stakeholders to prepare a maritime agenda that reflects the goals, strategies and targets of the various sectors constituting the country’s maritime industry. The Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP) held the first of a…

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One lady who is making the rounds of the country’s maritime industry today is Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, chair of the Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP). Encouraged by the election commitment of President Rodrigo Duterte to give attention to the maritime industry, Merle and the MMP are zealously promoting the adoption…

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This is not intended to mimic the recognition extended to seafarers a week after the celebration of the Day of the Seafarer that had as its theme “Seafarers Matter”. Women in Maritime Philippines (WIMAPHIL) can only claim 10 years of existence. Yes, WIMAPHIL will celebrate its 10th anniversary on July…

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Born into a family amctively involved in the maritime industry, Capt. Nino Elson Orola Salabas as a young boy found his feet into seafaring as he regularly encountered merchant marine students in the family-run maritime school, VMA Global College in Bacolod. He recalled joining his mother Dr. Elizabeth O. Salabas…

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Last week, the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) launched the formulation of the Maritime Industry Development Program (MIDP) as highlight of its 43rd foundation anniversary. The Marina celebration brought together various maritime stakeholders who presented their wishlists that they hope will be incorporated in the MIDP. The discussants raised issues and…

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I came across an article that lengthily discussed the dismal state of road and rail safety in this country. What caught my attention was how the writer diverted his discourse to maritime safety. He recalled the “ne’er to forget” sea mishaps which claimed hundreds of lives. He went on to…

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Ambassador Carlos C. Salinas One person who has made a distinguished mark in the maritime industry is Carlos C. Salinas, former Philippine Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra. His diplomatic appointment though, is but the culmination of a string of achievements in…

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The second “Voyage of the Balangay” sailed off from Maimbong, Jolo to Zamboanga on Wednesday to begin a 24-day journey to China using two newly built balangay boats. Boat builders from the Sama Dilaya tribe of Sibutu and Sitangkai built the boats, replicas of the ancient balangay, in Tawi-tawi. The…

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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