In 2006, the MTC implemented the Bridging Course Program under an agreement it had signed with the CHED and the PRC allowing graduates of BS Mechanical Engineering and BS Electrical Engineering to qualify as Marine Engineers.

Again, this was in response to the market demand for qualified marine officers who now are visibly in short supply. Qualified experts from the MTC and those from the academe, industry professional organizations, and MTC-partners in government, such as the CHED and the PRC undertook the development and revision of the bridging course curriculum, making sure that the national standards and the provisions of the 1978 STCW Convention, as amended, were incorporated. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), one of the MTC’s strongest supporters and ablest partners, provided the necessary funding for the bridging course under its Seafarer’s Upgrading Program.

The 11-week course program also included six months of supervised shipboard training, to better expose the students to the rudiments of the maritime profession. Successful graduates of the bridging course program will undertake the examination given by PRC for the issuance of Marine Engineering license.

The theoretical phase of the bridging course conducted by the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) in Bataan started in May and was completed in October 2006. The 30 students who comprised the pilot class and who came from the country’s leading engineering schools are now undergoing training on board ships of their sponsoring shipping and manning companies.


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