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At the recent inauguration of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) building were, L to R, International Maritime Organization Maritime Ambassador Carlos Salinas, ANGKLA Partylist Rep. Jesulito Manalo, Marina officer-in-charge Narciso Vingson, Jr., Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Marina deputy administrator for operations Nannette Dinopol and former Marina administrator Oscar Sevilla.

After over four decades of renting, the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has formally inaugurated its owned and newly constructed central office building located on Bonifacio Drive corner 20th Street, Port Area, Manila.

The 12-story building, constructed at a cost of P382 million with help from the Department of Public Works and Highways and ANGKLA Partylist and inaugurated on June 5, is the first owned central office of the maritime authority since its founding 45 year ago in June 1974.

Construction of the 12,000-square-meter building took three years, from 2015 to 2018, due to space programming to accommodate adjustments in manpower complement and enhance the agency’s organizational structure. Prior to this, Marina had been renting space for its central office.

Marina said the building’s ship-inspired architecture is symbolic of the agency’s full-steam sail towards its mission to provide leadership in transforming the Philippines into a major maritime nation.

It earlier said construction of its central office building in Manila, as well as its regional office buildings inside government service centers across the country, such as in Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Legazpi, is intended to provide convenience to maritime stakeholders through more effective and more efficient delivery of services. It is also meant to promote maritime industry development through better information dissemination and collaboration of efforts among maritime industry partners.

Marina’s central office is currently composed of 1,817 manpower complement running 18 service units which include the following: Domestic Shipping Service; Overseas Shipping Service; Shipyards Regulation Service; Manpower Development Service; Maritime Safety Service; Enforcement Service; Franchising Service; Planning and Policy Service; Strategic Communications Service; Management Information Systems Service; Legal Service; Human Resource Management Division; Management, Financial, and Administrative Service; Records Section; Budget Division; Accounting Division, Cash Section; and General Services Division.

Along with the inauguration of the new office, Marina also celebrated its 45th anniversary.

Marina officer-in-charge Narciso Vingson, Jr., in a speech during the event, assured maritime stakeholders of greater growth of the country’s maritime industry with the implementation of the authority’s 10-year maritime industry development plan (MIDP), which aims to upgrade the domestic shipping sector in support of nautical highway development; promote of maritime tourism; establish the country’s coastal inland waterways transport system; enhance the safety of Philippine-registered fishing vessels; establish the Philippines’ first-ever global maritime hub; enhance the country’s maritime safety; modernize maritime security; and establish a maritime innovation and knowledge center.

Marina is also focused on reinforcing its modernization campaign through the crafting of a vessel retirement program, and on the Philippines’ push to be reelected to the IMO Council in the 31st General Assembly to be held in November this year.

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