Sounding Lead posted its initial Watch Lists in 2007 and continued as the years go by with a revised name: Wish Lists. Wish Lists continue for the new year 2018.
1. Paperless and cashless transactions in MARINA (2018). While the original SCS and NACSS of MARINA started in 2014, the expected changes were stalled for some reasons. It was announced via social media account that starting 02-Jan-2018, MARINA shall be paperless! Cashless is a wish! This appears for the first time here in 2018!
The original SCS is composed of 5 modules:
1.1 Seafarers – each seafarer must have his/her own perpetual SRN;
1.2 METIs – all enrollment and completion reports are submitted digitally;
1.3 Medical Clinics – all medical certificates (fit and unfit) are submitted digitally;
1.4 Manning Agencies – all deployment (embarkation and disembarkation) are submitted digitally; and
1.5 Instructor/Assessors – all assignments of accredited Instructors/Assessors are reported digitally.
This column sees the wisdom of SCS crystal clear and will continue to monitor!
2. The Transformation of Philippine Maritime Education and Training (PhilMET) from qualification based to competency based (since 2017). This wish appears for the first time in 2017 and stays for 2018!
3. Cadet ship, a springboard towards providing future Marine Officers, that every vessel enrolled in POEA for manning maybe mandated to provide berth for Cadets (Since 2007). Cadets of today, if well selected, maybe trained and provided with experience to serve as the source of future Management Level Officers. Nothing concrete happened so this will stay in our list on its 11 th year. The wish includes the responsibilities of maritime schools to provide berth for their cadets.
4. Manning may evolve to Ship Management (since 2007). With all of its challenges and confusion, the experience of the Philippines is more than enough to evolve its manning business to Ship Management where the return is more than ten times as in manning. We have seen positive developments in this area recently. This stays in our list on its 11th year.
5. Philippine Ship Registry becoming the preferred flag registry in the world (since 2007). The Philippine registry is definitely NOT growing. This stays in our list on its 11 th year.
6. Less if NOT zero maritime disasters in Philippine domestic waters (since 2007). Maritime disasters in Philippine waters keep on menacing us again and again and again. This year, many domestic vessels were grounded for safety standards reason, a very good development. Our soundings continue and this wish stays in our list on its 11th year.
7. Filipino Seafarers as the world’s best (since 2008). Filipino seafarers are the number one in the world in terms of supply, however, nobody is claiming yet that the Filipino Seafarers are the world’s best. We are still taking soundings. This stays in the list on its 10th year.
8. From “Blame Culture to Safety Culture” (since 2009). That the Philippines’ maritime culture may evolve from blame culture to safety culture. This will mean that all concerned particularly the authorities will focus on solutions to prevent maritime incidents/accidents from happening again via new policies, standards, and realistic rules and regulations. This stays in our list on its 9th year.
9. “NO TO ANY FORM OF CORRUPTION”! (2014) This is a written policy displayed where they can best be seen all over Malacañang Palace, The Senate, The House of Representatives and now including MARINA. This appeared for the first time 2014! This stays in our list on its 4 th year!
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn
and relearn.” — Alvin Toffler, futurist.
PEACE, SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS ahead of us all in 2018.