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MARINA R-IX leads 2014 National Week Celebration September 21-28, 2014

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(BY: PERRY S. LAHAMAN) On September 22, 2014, this humble penpusher received CP text message from a friend of MARINA R-IX office extending an invitation to attend press conference. Without much ado, proceeded to the office at Marcrohon Building, Campaner St., Zamboanga City, and just on time nine o’clock in the morning became one of those among scores of guests and friends in attendance.

Let me recapitulate what had been written over my notes and references courtesy of a friend an employee of MARINA R-IX. To begin with, to state some of the legal basis to wit: Circular No. 1884 dated July 11, 1996 of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) enjoining all members states to celebrate World Maritime Day on September 25, 2014 on the last week of every September each year.

Corollary thereof, the issuance of Presidential Proclamation No. 886 dated September 06, 1996 declared the last Friday of September every year as the National  Maritime Day. In pursuance thereto Presidential Proclamation No. 1094 series of 1997 declared every last Sunday of September each year as National Seafarer’s Day which amended Presidential Proclamation No. 828 series of 1996 in due recognition of Filipino seafarer a vital role in the economic growth of the country.

However, Presidential Proclamation 1094 consolidated National Seafarer’s Day and National Maritime Day making a week-long celebration more significant and inspiring. Thus, Presidential Proclamation No. 1560 series of 2008, the planning and coordinating of the said event is mandate to be alternately rotated amongst the Maritime Industry Authority, Philippine Coast Guard, the Philippine Ports Authority and Cebu Ports Authority.

Be that as it may, and so on September 21 to 27, 2014 Atty. IRVING LIM SAIPUDIN, Regional Director of the Maritime Industry Authority based in Zamboanga City took the task for MARINA R-IX to lead the week-long celebration with the theme-INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION (IMO) CONVENTIONS, Effective Implementation.

One of the activities that highlighted the celebration was the holding of a PRESS CONFERENCE held at the MARINA office attended by the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Ports Authority, Shipping Lines, Maritime stakeholders to include members of the fourth estate.

Vital issues and concerns raised by some media practitioners from the print and broadcast as well as TV networks and were ventilated and properly clarified. All queries were satisfactorily answered with elucidation by the panel composed of MARINA, PCG and PPA.

Let me tip-off my hat to the energetic and versatile MARINA Regional Director, Atty. IRVING L. SAIPUDIN, to the Philippine Coast Guard Station represented by the station commander Lt. Senior Grade Angue and the PPA-PMO ZAMBOANGA Port Manager, Engr. LIBERTO DELA ROSA, for a well-meaning press conference.

Orchids to the MARINA rank and life personnel for their effort and splendid show of cooperation to the region top echelon in making the celebration a success. And let me salute my two classmates who are now employees of the Maritime Industry Authority, Region 9, VIZ; MA. FE Teresa L. Alvarez and Farida T. Cunanan. Keep up the good work. Mabuhay kayong lahat and GODSPEED.

Through this column, may I extend my warmest greetings and felicitation to the Muslim Communities in the ARMM and Zamboanga Peninsula as they observed the Eidel ADHA DAY and Prayer on October 4, 2014. Let’s implore the blessing and graces of ALLAH.




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