THE governments of the Philippines and Japan have agreed to renew their partnership for the education and training of Filipino professionals in the maritime sector.
In a statement on Thursday, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) said it signed on Tuesday a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and the Seamen’s Employment Center of Japan (SECOJ) for the 2019 Maritime Instructors’ Training Scheme.
Under the MoC, the Philippines may send educators as delegates to Japan to training in organizing practical training programs and constructing evaluation criteria for group training.
“Through this agreement, Japan will continue to host a number of qualified Filipino maritime instructors to improve their teaching skills and technical information related to their specialty through a two-month advanced training course program this year,” it said.
The Philippines and Japan have been annually signing the agreement since 2010, with total of 59 Filipino instructors completing the training program.
MARINA said the participants will be sourced from nominees of recognized maritime higher education institutions. The shortlist of “preliminary delegates” will then be screened further by MLIT and SECOJ.
To participate, instructors must have at least one year of experience teaching a navigational or engineering course and must be a qualified operational-level seafarer for international voyages. They must also be “willing” to teach maritime education for a minimum of five years after the two-month training program.
MARINA noted Japan is providing the same training opportunities to maritime professionals from China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. — Denise A. Valdez