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The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is optimistic the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will approve this month the Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP). The MIDP is Marina’s decade-long roadmap aimed at accelerating the development of a nationally integrated and globally competitive Philippine maritime industry.

“In the coming years, we are looking at the intensified implementation of the MIDP especially with the impending approval of the plan in the Interagency Technical Committee on Transportation Planning of the National Economic and Development Authority,” Marina officer-in-charge Narciso Vingson, Jr. said in a speech during the authority’s 45th anniversary celebration on June 5.

“With a signed NEDA Board Resolution, we shall gear towards the realization of the MIDP’s goals and objectives,” Vingson added.

On the sidelines of the event, Vingson said MIDP is up for deliberation by the NEDA Board this month, adding he is confident it will be approved.

MIDP 2019-2028 is the first comprehensive effort to understand and address the Philippine maritime sector’s core problem.

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; 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.

Marina said an estimated P94.6 billion will be needed to implement these eight priority programs.

Vingson said that after the NEDA Board approval, the plan will have to be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte prior to implementation.

But he noted that Marina has been aligning its target programs and activities as well as its budget for 2019 within the framework of the MIDP.

Vingson also said earlier 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.

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.

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 MNPIC will include the following: review, recommend and/or approve, and monitor the MIDP-related policies and programs; ensure effective coordination and harmonization of national government policies and programs; and provide policy and implement guidance to all the lead implementing agencies for the priority programs and the key components.

The draft MIDP suggests the internal restructuring of Marina to reflect its expanded functional mandates under 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 legislation and plans, particularly PD 474; NEDA’s long-term development plan Ambisyon Natin 2040; Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022; Sustainable Development Goals 2030; and the international and regional commitments of the government to the maritime sector.

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