“Communicate the good efforts done!” — Usec. Michael Musngi of the Office of the President
THE MARITIME Industry Board meets regularly to discuss or approve matters, among its other powers and function, pertaining to the industry and is composed of DOTC Secretary, the MARINA Administrator, seated foreground-right, with other members from the Office of the President, the Philippine Ports Authority, the Department of Trade and Industry; the Development Bank of the Philippines, and the Philippine Coast Guard with two observers from the private sector.
Division reports or updates include comprehensive discussions on urgent concerns regarding domestic shipping, the seeking for advice and recommendation for developmental rules and regulations, and developments on the implementation of the standards of training, certification and watchkeeping of seafarers.
Items on the agenda that needed further study are scheduled for another day of discussion. Department of Transportation and Communications Undersecretary. for Project Implementation and Special Concerns Julianito G. Bucayan Jr, who also presides the meeting, advises MARINA chiefs concerned to provide the Board with more situational information and more updates so the issues can be further explored and appropriately deliberated on in succeeding meetings.
Addressing MARINA administrator Dr. Maximo Q Mejia Jr with all the division chiefs present during the assembly, Undersecretary Musngi says, “The continuing efforts in this agency is what President Aquino desires. This is good management.” Adjournment follows after Usec. Bucayan expresses his appreciation for the presence of everyone.
Meanwhile, in related developments, the Board also confirms Atty. Herschel F. Magracia as head of office for the Enforcement Service. The office is in charge of implementing a culture of safety through the “Ligtas Biyaheng Dagat” program for all passenger and non-passenger ships, among its other responsibilities. It is composed of the operations monitoring and the complaints and investigation divisions.
Magracia is also concurrent division chief for the legal division of the STCW (Standards Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) office.
To reach the Enforcement Service, the office is situtated at the 3/F, Parkview Plaza, Taft Avenue corner T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila with email address email@example.com; and telephone numbers 524-9126.