MAAP turns 19 today with simple Bataan rites
MARIVELES, Bataan – Asia’s leading maritime institution Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) celebrates its 19th founding anniversary today, Jan. 14, at its state-of-the-art campuses in Kamaya Point, Barangay Alas-asin, this coastal maritime hub with MAAP president VAdm Eduardo Ma. R. Santos AFP (ret.) leading simple rites, preceded by a thanksgiving mass.
MAAP was founded by master mariner Captain Gregorio S. Oca, also the founder and first president of the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seaman’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) more than 55 years ago. Capt. Oca , father of the present AMOSUP president Dr. Conrado F. Oca, dreamed for the country to produce “world-class and globally competitive.” That dream turned to be a winsome reality, as the academy’s graduates have proved their professional competency on board ships they were deployed. Their principals are ship owners belonging to associations that are partners of MAAP, including those from Japan, and Europe.
With the motto: “Ensuring excellence at sea at all times”, the academy embarked on programs to achieve academic excellence maritime education and training, and banners its academic motto “Virtus, Fides et Disciplina (virtue, faith and discipline). MAAP graduates have consistently showed sterling performance in the State’s licensure examinations. Academy’s senior cadets and midshipmen have been consistently chosen as most outstanding maritime students in the annual search for Philippines’ Ten Outstanding Maritime Students (TOMS) conducted by Western Union Company with a respected and professional board of judges consisting of top maritime educators, policy experts and maritime industry authorities. Last year, three graduating MAAP cadets were adjudged as among the TOMS.
Then President, now Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada led in the in the inauguration of the academy on Nov. 6, 1999. A non-profit private institution, MAAP is run by a governing board from AMOSUP, the private sectors, the Danish, Norwegian and Japanese shipowners’ associations; the All-Japan Seamen’s Union, the International Transport Workers’ Federation, the International Maritime Employers’ Committee, and the Filipino Association of Mariners’ Employment.
The current chairman of the academy’s governing board is Dr. Conrado F. Oca, who is president-chairman of AMOSUP.
The 18-hectare academy campus was expanded to 103 hectares in 2009, as AJSU and International Maritime Management Association of Japan (IMMAJ) contributed to the construction of the new campus and was involved from then on with its operations.