As the country is set to elect new national and local leaders, the maritime industry is actively organizing fora with the presidential candidates to convince them to include a maritime agenda in their platform of government. To achieve this objective, maritime industry stakeholders organized themselves into the “Movement for Maritime Philippines” (MMP).
The maritime industry embraces various maritime sectors, such as ship owning and operations, seafaring, shipbuilding and repairs, port management and operations, maritime education and training, among others, with most of them focused on working towards achieving their respective sectoral targets and objectives. Add to these diverse pursuits safety, security, efficiency, and environment protection from pollution from ships. The country being an archipelago, these logically evoke questions on how such wide-ranging concerns and interests could be balanced and at the same time optimize the contributions of the maritime industry to socio-economic development.
Convened by the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI), Philippine Maritime Training Centers (PAMTCI),Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP), and the Philippine Maritime Research, Studies and Services (Phil-MRSS), the convenors envision mainstreaming the maritime industry to accelerate economic progress. The MMP believes that better understanding of the industry in its entirety through sustained public dialogues will help muster the support of national leaders, stakeholders and the public.
Other maritime associations and groups that sees the joined the MMP — the Apostleship of the Sea-Manila, Maritime Forum, Conference of Maritime Manning Agencies, Society of Filipino Ship Captains, and the Maritime Journalists Association of the Philippines.
For its initial activity, the MMP held “TalakayangEleksyon: Pagsulongngbayan, maritimaangkasagutan”. However, only Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte showed up.
The event took place at the DMMA campus in Davao City on January 26, 2016, where Duterte gave his firm commitment to a maritime agenda once elected president.
Determined to bring the message to all candidates running for national positions, MMP published a full page “Panawagan” (call to action) in a daily newspaper signed by 18 maritime organizations to raise awareness among national candidates on maritime issued.
The MMP vowed to sustain what it started by organizing dialogues and for a to provide timely and relevant maritime information and news to the stakeholders. The success of the group’s advocacy for a national maritime agenda hinges on being able to bring together sectoral concerns toward continuous consultations and discussions.
For those who wish to join the MMP, please contact Carolyn Vallagante at (02) 5222039, firstname.lastname@example.org or this fb: movementformaritimephilippines.com, or Leo J. Santiago at 0921-5265963, or thru email: email@example.com.