CHED Orders Maritime Schools to Phase-out Substandard Courses

In line with the next European Maritime Safety  Agency (EMSA) inspection that will be conducted in October, the Commission on Higher Education has ordered to phase-out of half of the maritime training programs offered by 91 schools for not meeting quality standards. according to sources from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The Philippines play an important role in the global maritime industry as a leading supplier of seafarers.  However, EMSA has reported deficiencies on Philippine maritime training programs last 2010. With this, Malacanang authorized the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to supervise​​​ CHED and other agencies to align and comply with the international seafarer training standards.

Failure to address and resolve EMSA concerns may affect Filipino seafarers who would be at risk of being banned from European Union (EU) flagged vessels.



Source: The Philippine Daily Inquirer, (2013, May 25)​

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