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Friday, May 12, 2023

Senator Escudero Proposes Additional PMMA Campus in Cagayan de Oro City, to Boost Maritime Education in the Region

Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero is pushing for the establishment of additional Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) campuses and facilities in Calabarzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, including Cagayan de Oro. This proposal aims to boost student enlistment and provide more opportunities for aspiring maritime students in different regions of the Philippines.

During a recent hearing of the Senate committee on higher, technical, and vocational education, Senator Escudero suggested that instead of mandating one student or cadet from each congressional district, the government should pass a law that will establish new campuses and facilities of the PMMA in key areas across the country. He emphasized the need to appropriate the corresponding funds to support this initiative.

The proposed expansion of the PMMA campuses and facilities aims to provide more opportunities for aspiring maritime professionals in Calabarzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. These regions are home to many potential students who may not have the means to travel to the current PMMA campus in San Narciso, Zambales, for their education.

Senator Escudero's proposal also includes provisions that prioritize merchant marine courses in the Commission on Higher Education's (CHED) tuition subsidies. This will further encourage aspiring students to pursue a career in the maritime industry and provide them with the necessary support to succeed in their chosen field.

The current proposal being discussed by the Senate panel is a refocused version of House Bill No. 6994 authored by Representatives Rufus Rodriguez, Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, Mark Go, and Manuel "Mannix" Dalipe. This bill aims to recruit one freshman cadet from each congressional district to ensure that the entire country is represented in each graduating class.

The proposed establishment of additional PMMA campuses and facilities in Cagayan de Oro, is a positive development that will benefit aspiring maritime professionals in these regions. With this initiative, more students will have access to quality education and training, leading to a brighter future for the maritime industry in the Philippines.

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