MARINA-CHED and EMSA assess Mapua-PTC CMET
Officials from Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) and the Mapua-PTC College of Maritime Education and Training (CMET) with representatives from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) at the audit held last March 16 and 17, 2017.
Malayan Colleges Laguna’s Mapua-PTC College of Maritime Education and Training (CMET) went through two audit visits last month to evaluate the institution’s continued commitment to quality maritime education.
For the first audit, which happened last March 7-9, the Maritime Industry Authority-Commission on Higher Education (MARINA-CHED) Monitoring Team visited CMET to check its programs, BS Marine Engineering (MarE) and BS Marine Transportation (MT), and their compliance to significant MARINA Circular Orders, CHED Memorandum Orders, and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) requirements.
Deemed successful, the said audit further confirmed that MCL is compliant to the standards set for Maritime Higher Education Institutions (MHEIs) by the national regulatory bodies, MARINA and CHED. The college, in addition, has remained in MARINA’s white list of MHEIs since the inception of the said list.
The second audit occurred on the 16th and 17th of the month. Representatives from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) Mr. Mircea Udrea of Romania and 2/M Catarina Ramos of Portugal arrived at MCL for their Inspection Programme of the Maritime Education, Training, and Certification System in the Philippines. Similar to the previous assessment, CMET programs underwent a thorough review for compliance required by STCW ’78 as amended.
Several audit findings to sustain program compliance and to improve the existing quality management system were cited. Despite these results, EMSA’s audit further proved MCL-CMET programs’ conformity to the requirements of the STCW ’78 as amended.