Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia Calls on Secretary of Transportation Arthur Tugade

Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia Calls on Secretary of Transportation Arthur Tugade

Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia (second from left) and Secretary Tugade (second from right) discuss developments and challenges in the Philippine maritime industry

15 October 2019 - There are many technological developments in the maritime sector, not only in terms of size and complexity of automated ships but also in growing demand for more sophisticated manpower on board new ships and ports that conform to stricter environmental standards.  During the call of Philippine Ambassador to Norway, Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia on Transportation Secretary Arturo Tugade, she was briefed on major developments in the Philippine Maritime Industry.

Secretary Tugade mentioned that the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has from the start looked at the issues confronted by the transportation industry, including the maritime sector.  He said that under this administration there has been a conscious effort to increase maritime connectivity, by rehabilitating existing ports and building new ones in conformity with international standards. He praised the Philippine Ports Authority for its proactive work in completing numerous projects. Secretary Tugade also emphasized the simplification of the administration of the regulatory arm on seafarer training and competency of the Department by consolidating the various offices under the Maritime Industry Authority.

The latest information indicates that the Philippine Ports Authority has already facilitated 159 commercial ports projects and the Department of Transportation Maritime Sector has engaged in 41 social tourism port projects under the Duterte Administration.

In attendance at the meeting were Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator, Vice Admiral Narciso Vingsonand and the Deputy Director of the Philippine Ports Authority. END