MAAP turns 19 to­day with sim­ple Bataan rites

Manila Bulletin - - Shipping Bulletin -

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.

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