Manila, Philippines: The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) recently concluded its three-day seminar-workshop on Basic Marine Cartography and GIS Course in Manila. The workshop was conducted in partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and National Mapping Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA).
It was aimed to level up the capability of MARINA personnel, both in the central and regional offices, to address issues of safety and prevention of maritime accidents through a comprehensive and up-to-date information and data access and dissemination.
Marina Administrator Emerson M. Lorenzo said, “He had been advocating for the use of the GIS since he was a director of MARINA and now that he is the administrator, he has the opportunity to implement this innovative approach.”
Deputy Administrator for Planning Atty. Nicasio A. Conti said, “This was a crucial big step in the right direction and was long overdue.”
JICA Philippines Office Project Advisor Kazushi Susuki welcomed the programme and said that JICA would continue its cooperation with MARINA. JICA plays an active role in the development and delivery of technical assistance programmes extended to MARINA.
MARINA as the Flag State Administration is the agency primarily responsible for maritime safety in the Philippines.