MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) is more than capable of taking over as the country’s single-maritime agency provided that it be given additional manpower, equipment and funding.
MARINA administrator Maximo Mejia Jr said this after the legislation, approved by the House of Representatives and Senate and signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III as Republic Act 10635 last March 13, tasked MARINA to take over the manning, certification and training functions.
These functions were formerly undertaken by the Professional Regulation Commission, Commission on Higher Education, Maritime Training Center, Technical Education Skills Development Authority, and Department of Health.
He added that MARINA is capable of doing all these functions but stressed that it would take 12 months to transfer all these functions to the maritime agency.
Mejia said that the 12-month period would allow the agency ample time to formulate the budget, equipment and personnel request to the Department of Budget and Management, a task Transportation Secretary Emilio Joseph Abaya said that he would assist them.
Once these are approved, the MARINA chief said that they could easily undertake all the functions earlier performed by the five agencies. (MNS)