Establishment of a National Maritime Manpower Training System
Letter of Instructions No. 538

May 1, 1977


TO : The Secretary, Department of Labor (as Chairman)
The Secretary, Department of Education & Culture
The Secretary, Department of Finance
The Director General, National Economic and Development Authority
The Administrator, Maritime Industry Authority
The Commandant, Philippine Coast Guard

Establishment of a National Maritime Manpower Training System for the upgrading of the Maritime profession, maritime research and development, and consolidation of all sea-faring training centers in the Philippines. aisa dc

Pursuant to the provisions of

1. To update and upgrade the education and training of Philippine merchant marine officers and ratings through job-oriented upgrading and refresher courses;

2. To train seafarers to be conversant and skillful with the use of advanced technologies now adopted in modern luxury liners, oil tankers and other bulk carriers, container ships, refrigerated ships, etc.;

3. To provide for education and training of much needed expertise in the supervisory and managerial aspect in shipping and for continuity of development in every level of skills supportive of national economy.

In view of the national policy of expanding the national merchant fleet to increase its participation in the transport of Philippine export products and save foreign exchange for the economy and the resulting need of importing the national maritime manpower training system as enunciated in the cdt

DONE in the City of Manila, this 1st day of May, in the year of Our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Seventy-Seven.