Safe seafaring conference set in Manila

Host Mariners School’s L4SS e-library eyes learning innovations on safety at sea

Speakers Mr. Jun Lozada (left picture) and Dr. Galvez Tan in action at the Safe Seafaring Conference held at Hotel H2O, Ocean Park by the Manila Bay. (Extreme right in both pictures) Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) Manager and MPCF Board of Trustees member Evita L. Jimenez as she joins the guests at the head table.

Manila, Philippines – Stakeholders from the Philippines’ leading maritime schools, training centers, think tanks, as well as shipping industries convene for the first Conference on Seafaring on April 20, 2016 at Manila’s Ocean Park. The conference, sub-headed “Toward Higher Quality Maritime Education and Training: Learning Innovations for Safe Seafaring,” is being organized by the Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) and its mother maritime school, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) based in its campus in Canaman, Camarines Sur, south of Manila, Philippines.

Organized in partnership with the Elsevier Foundation, the conference is also in cooperation with the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI), Philippine Association of Maritime Training Centers, Inc. (PAMTCI) where Mariners has been an active member institution since formation, as well as with the international Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMAREST) and Nautical Institute (NI).

Participants as well as speakers include maritime educators and trainers from Singapore, Japan, India, and Papua New Guinea.

“Inspired by the lessons from the Elsevier Foundation-supported library project, the conference aims to gather major stakeholders - from the industry to the academe - to arrive at a common understanding and shared plans to achieve higher standards of quality maritime education and training (MET) toward address the increasingly challenging environment on seas through innovations like e-learning, digitalized learning materials, technological applications and the like,” declared Ms. Evita L. Jimenez, Project Manager of Mariners’ Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) and member, Board of Trustees of MPCF.

Aside from shared study on issues of health, security, piracy and health, a seascape: a situationer on the state of the seas will also be brought to a higher level of discourse by Prof. Jay Batongbacal, Director of the University of the Philippines’ Institute Maritime Affairs for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea (IMLOS). The Philippine edition of a book on sea safety, “Mariners’ Guide to Preventing Collissions,” written by Capt. Yashwant Chhabra will be launched at the Conference and will also present a paper on the subject.

Other expert presentations on various topics of interest on maritime challenges, trends and standards by Dr. Angelica Baylon, Dr. Maragtas Amante, Capt. Richard Teo; Apps Software and learning technology expert Engr. Rudolfo Lozada, IMO, seafarers’ health and rights experts from academic and industry professionals as well as faith-based seafarers' groups like the and Apostleship of the Sea.

Dr. Cynthia Bautista, Commissioner of the Philippines’ Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) is keynote speaker and Dr. Maximo Mejia, executive director of Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) leads the afternoon session.

“This Conference is joined by stakeholders in the maritime industry in the country! A continually developing library or a learning facility at every seafarer's abode -on sea or land- is the avowed L4SS mission,” Ms. Jimenez further stated.