The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) announced that it will be coming out with a partial list of maritime schools whose curriculum and training standards have passed local and international scrutiny.
Maximo Mejia, Jr., MARINA administrator, said that they will issue their so-called “white list” this coming May 30.
He added that this is to ensure that Filipinos, interested in following a career at sea, will be educated at properly accredited institutions.
In the same vein, a partial “black list” of maritime institutions who failed to qualify local and international standards, will also be released.
The final and complete “white” and “black” lists will be released in January 2015.
The MARINA is cracking down on substandard maritime institutions in a bid to preserve the Philippines’ standing as the world’s number one supplier of qualified seafarers.
Of the 1.2 million strong sailors manning the world’s merchant fleet, around 400,000 are Filipinos. PNA