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.
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.