MANILA In line with its efforts to improve the state of the country's maritime education and training, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has said it is gearing toward the use of an outcomes-based monitoring system.
Lawyer Nick Conti, MARINA officer-in-charge, said that this is to address observations made by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) that a mere checklist cannot ensure that the equipment and teaching personnel utilized by the various maritime education and training institutions (METIs) in the conduct of education and training are sufficient to meet the learning objectives.
The agency will be assisted in this endeavor by a Dutch technical expert once the outcomes-based monitoring instrument has been finalized, Conti said.
He also said that pilot testing for the training centers and maritime schools is now ongoing. He expects this to be completed by the end of December, including submission of evaluation of the new monitoring instrument.
According to the MARINA chief, they already have enlisted additional assessors and auditors who will monitor the compliance of maritime schools and training centers.
"The establishment of this pool of assessors/auditorsis the institutional response to the point raised by EMSA for MARINA to have adequate number of technical personnel. They will eventually become organic personnel of MARINAthat will compose the government inspection and monitoring team instead of relying from the private sector," Conti said.
He added that the MARINA is now conducting the training for these assessors in order to orient them with the rudiments of the new inspection and auditing procedures.
Conti said that the MARINA is now also strengthening the National Quality Standard System (NQSS) with the assistance of the Norwegian government.
He added that the NQSS is now being revised for ISO Certification in 2013 to incorporate the oversight function of MARINA over the other agencies involved in maritime education, training, assessment and certification such as the Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Professional Regulation Commission, National Training Center and Department of Health.
The said NQSS will also lay down the over-arching framework which will be followed by the member agencies in their policy formulation.
"It is considered that the MARINA NQSS will adopt the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 (General requirements for bodies operating certification of person) standard and the relevantelements of the ISO/19011:2011 (Guidelines for auditing management systems). This agreement is also aligned to the recommendation of the Norwegian team," Conti said. (PNA)