Convenors of the Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP) last week met with officials of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to discuss preparations for the holding of the National Maritime Summit in September this year. The MMP briefed the officials of the two maritime agencies on the status of finalizing the sectoral roadmaps that are to be incorporated in the national maritime agenda to be presented to President Rodrigo Duterte during the National Maritime Week.
The national maritime agenda shall provide a general framework that reflects the strategies and activities to be pursued by the maritime industry in order to realize “an inclusive and sustainable socio-economic growth.”
Present during the PPA meeting were agency officials Hector Miole, assistant general manager for operations; Constante Farinas Jr., assistant manager for engineering; Lilian Javier, manager, port operations and services division; Emma Suzara, manager, commercial services division; and lawyer Hiyasmin Delos Santos, manager, legal services division. The PPA officials discussed the ports roadmap that was consolidated after workshops and consultations were held with the regional clusters of the ports and logistics stakeholders.
At the MARINA meeting, lawyer Primo Elvin Siosana, officer-in-charge, deputy administrator for planning, led in briefing the MMP convenors on the status of the agency’s initiatives to formulate the Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP). Others present were lawyer Soterania Sinel of the manpower development service and Delia Lorenzo, planning and policy services. The meeting focused on possibility of forging cooperation in the preparations for the forthcoming Maritime Summit and finding common grounds in crafting the MIDP and the national maritime agenda.
MMP was represented by Merle San Pedro, Arsenio Padilla, Leo Santiago, lawyer Brenda Pimentel, Arhleen Romero, Myrna Calag and Carol Villagante.