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Maritime Forum today at Marina central office


The 121st Maritime Forum of Maritime League will be held starting at 7:45 a.m. today (April 21, 2017) at the central office of forum host  – the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina- at Parkview Plaza, T. M. Kalaw St. corner Taft Ave., Ermita, Manila. League president and forum chairman   Commo. Carlos L. Agustin AFP (ret.) will deliver the opening remarks, followed by a welcome address by Marina Administrator  Marcial Q.  C.  Amaro III.3

The first to be hosted by Marina since Amaro assumed as Marina chief  in July 2016, the program and activities include, the review and confirmation of 120th Maritime Forum  held last March 31, 2017 at the Maritime Academy  of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP)  in Kamaya Point,  Mariveles, Bataan where heated discussions and interactions ensued with  former National Security Adviser and Parañaque City Rep.  Roilo S. Golez  as resource speaker,  who rallied the nation to insist before the world  that the Philippines and Filipinos  ‘have sovereign rights’  over the huge Ben ham Rise.  During the event, the League and cross-section participants asked  Pangasinan  Rep. Leopoldo N. Bataoil  to lead in drafting and filing a resolution before the  House of Representatives,  officially stating that the Philippines has ‘sovereign rights’ on Benham Rise. The 120th Maritime Forum was also the venue where MAAP led by its president, Vice Admiral  Eduardo Ma. R. Santos and maritime engineering expert  Engr.  Gerardo Ramon Galang announced  that some 10 to 15 years now, when  ‘full automation’  in ship navigation would be in place,  the  deployment of  seafarers  to merchant marine fleet, would be imperilled.

Today’s forum includes  the presentation by Marina of its safety, maritime education and training programs; salient parts of yearend (2016) reports, that include circulars and advisories, and other undertaking led  by Mr. Amaro and Capt. Eleazar G. Diaz, chief of the Agency’s standards of training, certification and watchkeeping office (STCWO). Thereafter,  Cdr.  Weniel  Azcuna of the Philippine Coast Guard will make a presentation on ‘piracy’ and ‘terrorism.’

The Maritime League is a non-profit Filipino foundation  established in 1990, with the prime objective of spurring progress in the maritime sector, and  advance the interests of the maritime profession and the entire maritime industry. Its chairman emeritus is former President Fidel V. Ramos. To adhere its objectives, the League developed an extensive medium of information for the maritime sector and the various maritime-related activities, like the forum,  it regularly coordinates

The next Maritime Forum, the League’s 122nd, will be held on May 19, 2017, and  hosted by the Philippine Navy at its national headquarters on Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

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