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The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) says an estimated P94.6 billion is needed to implement the eight priority programs under its 10-year Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP) for the Philippines. The decade-long roadmap aims to accelerate the achievement of a nationally integrated and globally competitive Philippine maritime industry.

Of the total estimated cost to be spent over the 10-year period, 92% or P86.7 billion is expected to come from the private sector, while the remaining P7.9 billon will be sourced from government funds.

MIDP 2019-2028 is the first comprehensive effort to understand and address the Philippine maritime sector’s core problem and the underlying causes of this problem. This is in order to plan and implement programs that more responsively meet the demands of the maritime industry, successfully address key challenges, and lead to the seizing of opportunities in both domestic and global arenas.

Under Presidential Decree No. 474 (Maritime Industry Decree of 1974), the maritime agency should create master plans for the industry. The last 10-year roadmap created by Marina was in the 1980s.

The eight flagship programs under the MIDP are the upgrading of domestic shipping in support of the nautical highway development; development of shipping services for maritime tourism; development of a coastal and inland waterways transport system (CIWS); strengthening of safety standards of Philippine-registered fishing vessels; development of the Philippines as a global maritime hub; enhancement of maritime safety in the Philippines; modernization of maritime security in the Philippines; and establishment of a maritime innovation and knowledge center (MIKC).

Of the eight priority programs to be implemented, development of the Philippines as a global maritime hub has the highest estimated cost with P45.73 billion, followed by upgrading of domestic shipping with P45.155 billion.

Development of CIWS is third with P2.64 billion, followed by establishment of an MIKC with P599.31 million; enhancement of maritime safety with P148.5 million; development of shipping services for maritime tourism with P147.4 million; modernization of maritime security with P82.5 million; and strengthening of safety operations of registered fishing vessels with P74.8 million.

Marina officer-in-charge administrator Narciso Vingson, Jr., in a media briefing  on December 21, said that once the MIDP is finalized, it will be submitted for the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte this month, and then forwarded to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for financial planning.

Vingson said MIDP was approved by the Marina Board on December 14, 2018. The maritime authority also held an external stakeholders’ validation workshop on the eight priority programs last December 11.

Internally, Marina is now aligning its target programs and activities, as well as its budget, for 2019 within the framework of the MIDP. Vingson noted, however, that while the MIDP still has to be approved by the President, some programs for implementation this year have their budget already included in Marina’s 2019 approved budget.

Asked how the involvement of other government agencies whose cooperation is needed for some of the MIDP programs can be assured, Vingson said they have organized a committee, headed by the transport secretary and NEDA and comprised of other government agencies concerned, to harmonize implementation and crafting of needed legislation under the MIDP.

According to the draft MIDP, an inter-agency MIDP National Policy and Implementation Coordination Council (MNPICC) will be established through an executive order in accordance with PD 474. The functions of MNPICC, include reviewing, recommending and/or approving, and monitoring the MIDP related policies and programs; ensuring effective coordination and harmonization of national government policies and programs; and providing policy and implementation guidance to all the lead implementing agencies for the priority programs and the key components.

The draft MIDP also shows a suggested internal restructuring of Marina to reflect its expanded functional mandates under the existing laws, broaden its perspective in maritime administration, and capture new and emerging economic activities in the maritime sector.

Officially launched in June 2017, the MIDP was crafted together with various stakeholders, government agencies, and private organizations.

The entire drafting process was guided by relevant national legislations and plans, particularly PD 474, NEDA’s long-term development plan Ambisyon Natin 2040, the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, Sustainable Development Goals 2030, and the international and regional commitments of the government to the maritime sector. – Roumina Pablo

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