Manila: The Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP) held a consultation meeting with stakeholders on the draft National Maritime Agenda (NMA) last July 5, 2016 at the Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS). The meeting was attended by representatives of the various associations representing the different maritime sectors which included those from the manning sector, ship owners and operators in overseas and domestic shipping, maritime training and education, naval architects, shipbuilders and maritime lawyers and journalists. The government was represented by the Maritime Industry Authority and the partylist ANGKLA.
The meeting was convened to kick-off a series of discussions and dialogues on the MMP-proposed blueprint for the development of the maritime industry to be presented to the government. Amidst the differences in approach on how this could be done, the participants were one in recognizing the significant role the maritime industry plays in achieving inclusive and sustainable socio-economic growth. Based on the results of the discussions and the interest shown by the various representatives to the consultation towards completing a cohesive and all embracing national maritime policy, a positive outcome is expected which will lead to better and stronger cooperation among the stakeholders.
The initiative to call on the Duterte administration to formulate and adopt a national maritime agenda is drawn from the commitment made by the President during a dialogue with the maritime stakeholders held in January 2016. A national maritime agenda will bring to prominence the Philippine maritime industry as a potent tool in achieving socio-economic inclusiveness.