PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed maritime law and policy expert Maximo Mejia Jr. as the new administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina).
In a press briefing, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the President signed Mejia’s appointment letter on May 22.
Mejia will replace Emerson Lorenzo. His term will expire on July 11, 2016.
The new Marina chief spent more than a decade teaching graduate studies at the World Maritime University (WMU) in Sweden, where he has been a member of the resident faculty since 1998, according to Valte.
The 48-year-old earned his Bachelor of Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, USA and majored in International Security Studies while pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School (Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA).
He also has a Master of Science in Maritime Safety Administration from the WMU in Malmö, Sweden and a Licentiate of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy from Lund University in Lund, Sweden. His PhD thesis is entitled Law and Ergonomics in Maritime Security.
Aside from teaching maritime policy, law, human factors, and security-related courses, Mejia is secretary of Doctoral Programs at WMU and an Assistant Editor of the WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs. He has led and participated in ISPS Code workshops and maritime law and policy seminars in a number of different countries. He is the editor/co-editor of three books on maritime security, the author/co-author of book chapters as well as articles published in international peer-reviewed journals.
Before joining WMU, he saw duty on board various Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard vessels as well as in shore-based facilities in the Philippines from 1988 up to 1998.
His assignments included commanding officer of Port State Control Office Manila, commander of Coast Guard Station Iligan, deputy executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Maritime Development, and assistant chief of staff for Navigational Safety.
He is also a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1988.