ZSCMST makes it to the ‘White List’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2015 14:34

The Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology was able to make it to the White List  of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) upon its submission for audit last year with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) which is a European Union agency in charge of evaluating and auditing the system of certification to ensure the uniform implementation of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW)  for maritime education and training.

On February 23, 2015 a communication coming from the CHED Chairperson, Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, addressed to Dr. Milavel Depacaquivo-Nazario, president of the ZSCMST, informing the college that the BS Marine Transportation and the BS Marine Engineering programs are in the list of MARINA recognized programs for SY 2015-2016. Two days after MARINA forwarded to the college the list of Maritime Higher Education Institutions with a recognized Merchant Marine (Deck and Engineer) Officer Programs for SY 2015-2016.

Among the private and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the Philippines, only 23 Maritime Higher Education Institutions were recognized by the said agencies eligible to offer the  BS Marine Transportation and BS Marine Engineering and the ZSCMST is the ONLY in Region 9 and the only State College granted the  recognition  among State Universities and Colleges in Mindanao.

ZSCMST is given the recognition to facilitate the notching of the Philippines’ position as a center of excellence for maritime education and training of both rating and officers and it is with distinction that the college is helping the Philippines in protecting and promoting thousands of Filipino seafarers who comprised 25% to 30%  of the total number of   seafarers all over the world. With the distinguished name ZSCMST has made, it gives pride and honor to Zamboanga City which keeps the country  to be in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) White List.

Dr. Milavel Depacaquivo-Nazario said that with the trust and confidence afforded to Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology, the management along with the academic community,  will carry out its best performance to maintain and keep hold of its  name in the International Maritime Organization White List. Thus, graduates of the College of Maritime Education will not have to worry when they will apply for international shipping agencies.

Dr. Nazario is very appreciative of the task force assigned to work out on the EMSA audit , who were so  resolute in theirassigned responsibilities in spite of the many oddslike the Zamboanga Siege that  the College faced during its preparation with all its facilities and equipment intact which cost millions of pesos donated by the Maritime Education  Program Parents Foundation, Inc. (MEPPFI), it did not stop evaluators from CHED and MARINA to  visit. The commitment of everyone in the College is dedicated to the students who would be seafarers. Congratulations and Kudos for a job very well done. — Marife R. Villafranca/Director, Media Affairs