MARINA swears in 27 new harbor pilots

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Oathtaking of the 27 new harbor pilots on February 2. photo from MARINA.
  • The Maritime Industry Authority swore in 27 new harbor pilots
  • MARINA is mandated to undertake the licensing of harbor pilots in the country pursuant to Executive Order No. 125/125-A.
  • Candidates for the harbor pilot licensure examinations should be at least 35 years of age at the time of the examination; mentally and physically fit; and master-in-command of a merchant ship, among others

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) swore in 27 new harbor pilots who will serve in various pilotage districts in the country.

The 27 master mariners who took their oath as harbor pilots on February 2 were the following:

  • Alexis N. Abarado – Dumaguete
  • Edwin O. Acosta – Butuan
  • Glenn M. Agang-ang – Bohol
  • Cerlan C. Baltazar – Bohol
  • Ariston O. Bureros, Jr. – Surigao
  • Reynaldo R. Caburatan – Manila
  • Emmanuel A. Cajilog – Aparri
  • Edgardo W. Calumpag – Cebu
  • Jonathan V. Camanga – Davao
  • Robert A. Carbonquillo – Manila
  • Joseph Y. Castillo – Bohol
  • Anecito E. Catacutan – Iligan
  • Dennis B. Celerian – Davao
  • Franklin M. Centural, Jr. – Butuan
  • Teofilo I. Culanag, Jr. – Manila
  • Ernie P. Garcia – Manila
  • Marlon D. Hontomin – Aparri
  • Arnold B. Labadan – Catbalogan
  • Eilbert lan C. Lacdao – Butuan
  • Viromel G. Lusdoc – Butuan
  • Vladimir R. Madayag – Manila
  • Audy M. Parrilla – Davao
  • Romulo M. Perol, Jr. – Manila
  • Peregrino L. Reponte. Jr. – Iloilo
  • Reinaido A. Rodriguez, Jr. – Cebu
  • Nelson G. Talavera – Tacloban
  • Hennever B. Taracina – Manila

MARINA deputy administrator for planning Nenita Atienza encouraged the new harbor pilots to continue their efforts in enhancing maritime safety, ensure the safe navigation of vessels in and out of ports, and provide unwavering service to the maritime industry.

MARINA is mandated to undertake the licensing of harbor pilots in the country pursuant to Executive Order No. 125/125-A.

Candidates for the harbor pilot licensure examinations should be at least 35 years of age at the time of the examination; mentally and physically fit; master-in-command of a merchant ship or a Philippine Coast Guard or National Mapping and Resource Information Authority vessel, and other non-combatant ship of more than 500 gross tonnage of not less than five years; of good moral character; and not included in the database of watchlisted seafarers.

While MARINA administers the examination, its sister agencies Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and Cebu Port Authority provide the number of harbor pilots that can serve specific areas or ports under their jurisdiction.

Last year, PPA lifted the maximum number of harbor pilots per pilotage districts under its jurisdiction “to improve the efficiency of port operation, address the increasing demand for harbor pilot services and encourage wider participation in the practice of the Harbor Pilot profession.”

READ: PPA lifts limits on number of harbor pilots per district