Marina inaugurates a training institute in Bacolod

Marina Administrator Robert Empedrad leads the inauguration of the Marina Training Institute, or MarTI, in Bacolod City. PHOTO of Navy

The Marine Industry Authority (Marina) Marina inaugurated its training and research development arm, Marina Training Institute (MarTI), in Bacolod City.

Marina Administrator Robert Empedrad said, “MarTI will undertake, promote and coordinate related marine research and development programs.

MarTI will help improve the ability of Marina and other partners to innovate and leverage modern technologies. It can spearhead programs to help the country cope with changing trends in the maritime industry and serve as a systematic education and training system and facilities for all maritime professionals.

Governor of Negros Occidental, Eugenio Jose Lacson, said: “This building will pave the way for improving Marina’s capabilities to adapt to rapidly changing trends in the maritime industry and to serve as a center for training and development. effective education for all maritime professionals. .”

As part of the program, a brief history regarding MarTI, titled “How MarTI Came To Be”, was presented to participants from Local Government Units (LGUs), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Maritime Higher Education Institutions (MHEI)/Maritime Training Institutes (MTI), maritime operators, shipyards and other maritime actors.

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Felisa Orongan, Regional Director of Marina Regional Office 6 and Director of MarTI Training, said, “Through our collective efforts, we were able to see this day and celebrate the joy of a dream come true.

The establishment of the Maritime Knowledge and Innovation Center is part of the 10-year maritime industry development plan to ensure that marina staff are qualified by providing them with the best possible training available.

Empedrad stressed that all Marina personnel must first be trained before they can provide good and excellent training to maritime professionals, ship’s crew, shipbuilding and the entire maritime industry. from the Philippines.

“I still believe that the development of the maritime industry will catapult our country to become an economic powerhouse. We must prioritize the development of the maritime industry because we are an archipelagic nation. We have so many islands that are not connected. Our hope is in the maritime,” he said.

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