1. Periodic assessment of CME curricular standards and continuing improvement in the conduct of MTC seafarers’ training courses.
2. Continuing development and availability of a pool of competent maritime professors, instructors and staff.
3. Upgrading of shipboard training/ apprenticeship program for CME students.
4. Enhancement of CME graduates’ preparedness for the conduct of board exams with the end in view of sustaining the high average if not 100% institutional passing rate.
5. Enhancement of the CME Scholarship Program.
6. Introduction or integration of other maritime-related courses and trainingprograms within the System.
7. Extension of the UPHS CME degree programs to other UPHS campuses and in other prospective areas.
Equipment and Facilities
8. Continuing integration and upgrade of instructional equipment and facilities such as full-mission bridge, engine room, and radio communication simulators, among others.
9. Accreditation, operationalization and optimum utilization of UPHS Maritime Training Center (UPHS MTC) in support of the training needs of CME midshipmen and seafarers.
10. Strict implementation of “maintenance culture” to ensure operational readiness and optimum utilization of CME training facilities and equipment at all times.
Accreditation and Quality Assurance
11. Continuing conduct of monitoring, assessment and implementation of quality assurance management and standards.
Discipline, Attitude and Values
12. Review, formulation and strict implementation of rules and regulations governing the proper wearing of uniforms, observance of time-honored customs and traditions, and institution of proper attitude and discipline of CME midshipmen.
13. Introduction of Naval ROTC to CME midshipmen and corresponding activation of the Naval ROTC Unit using existing training equipment and facilities such as the parade ground, shooting/ firing range, obstacle course, swimming pools, and MTC amenities.
14. Enhancement of Filipino Christian Living in the CME curriculum for the value formation of the midshipmen.
Sports Development and Physical Fitness Program
15. Development/ Enhancement of maritime-oriented sports and physical fitness program for CME students.
Local and International Partnerships
16. Stronger partnership with cognizant government authorities, academe, maritime industry players, non-government organizations, community leaders, CME alumni, and other stakeholders.
17. Improvement of local and international linkages for the conduct of CME students’ shipboard training and deployment, and other maritime-related initiatives.
Integration of Other Maritime-Related Projects/ Initiatives
18. Integration and upgrading of existing capabilities for other planned maritime projects and services as provider of competent maritime manpower to the global fleet.
Communications/ Public Information
19. Wider application and more proactive use of website and other means of communications with the maritime community.
20. Improvement of maritime-related data bank in aid of research, planning, analysis, and decision-making processes.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
21. More active participation of the CME in community service such as in coastal/ river clean-ups, mangrove reforestation, training in disaster preparedness, and during times of emergency such as in disaster response operations, among others.
The Office of the Vice President for Maritime Affairs (OVPMA) of the University of Perpetual Help System (UPHS) has further integrated its Midshipmen/ Maritime Career Tracking System (MCTS) to further improve the quality of education of Perpetualite Midshipmen in BS Marine Transportation, BS Marine Engineering, and BS Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and to be able to guide and assist them in their maritime career. At least three (3) key specific areas have been taken into consideration, enumerated as follows:
a. Conduct of Shipboard Training – The extreme shortage of shipboard training billets continues to be the biggest challenge to maritime schools, cognizant government agencies, and maritime-affiliated organizations. Presumably, for economic reasons or due to ships’ limited billeting spaces, only one (1) or two (2) maritime cadets or midshipmen may be accommodated for apprenticeship on board a merchant vessel. The other alternative is for a cadet or midshipman to go on board as a regular deck or engine rating for a total of three (3) years, and hopefully thereafter, be eligible for graduation. In screening or selecting candidates for shipboard training, most manning agencies and shipping companies provide written and practical examinations making the process highly competitive among aspiring midshipmen.
b. Review for Licensure Examination – Based on their financial capabilities, maritime graduates either review on their own or go to review centers in preparation for licensure examination. This factor has significant bearing on the level of confidence and preparedness of midshipmen to take the licensure examination.
c. Deployment of Seafarers – Updated statistics on this aspect definitely inspires more students or would-be seafarers to continue to patronize or enroll in maritime education programs.
In addressing these specific areas of concern, the UPHS College of Maritime Education (CME) has successfully undertaken or looked into the following measures:
a. Integrated Midshipmen/ Maritime Career Tracking System (MCTS) - To continuously improve the quality of maritime education programs, the UPHS, through the Vice President for Maritime Affairs (OVPMA) and the CME Dean, has devised an integrated system to closely monitor and periodically assess the performance of the UPHS CME with the end in view of guiding or assisting the midshipmen towards the successful pursuit of their maritime profession.
b. Merit and Demerit System (MDS) – This is being strictly implemented by the CME to further develop or mold the Perpetualite Midshipmen in the field of academics, aptitude, and conduct. This initiative is also consistent with the System’s time-honored advocacy or principle that “Character Building is the Key to Nation Building”. Likewise, the MDS aims to recognize midshipmen who excel in their respective fields, for them to be able to serve as role models and at the same time, inspire the others.
c. Instructional Facilities and Equipment – The UPHS CME prides itself with up-to-date instructional facilities and equipment which include the full-mission bridge and other simulators, science and engineering laboratories, well-equipped library, water sports facilities, parade ground, obstacle course, and shooting range, among others.
d. Accreditation of UPHS Maritime Training Center (MTC) – The anticipated completion, accreditation, and commissioning of the UPHS Maritime Training Center in Marinig, Cabuyao, Laguna will further boost the capability of the UPHS to provide the training needs of UPHS CME midshipmen, students from other maritime schools, mariners, and aspiring seafarers from related or allied courses such as International Hospitality Management (IHM) and Nursing, among others.
e. Scholarships for Deserving Midshipmen – The UPHS CME aims to further strengthen its linkages or partnership with shipping principals/ companies, manning or crewing agencies, other shipping organizations, and even banking or lending institutions which may have the capability to provide scholarship grants and/or shipboard training berths to deserving midshipmen.
f. Diagnostic Testing – To gauge the effectiveness of teaching methods, and determine to what extent the midshipmen have acquired knowledge, skills and competence in core subjects, diagnostic tests have likewise been developed which shall be administered on a periodic basis.
g. Specialized Masteral Program for CME Faculty – The UPHS Graduate School, in consultation with the CME, has likewise recently developed and is now implementing a modified masteral program, specifically, Master in Business Administration (MBA) specializing in Maritime Management, for the advancement of maritime professors and instructors.
h. Continuing Search for the Job Market – Sustained consultations and coordinations are undertaken to further explore the job market. Aside from deployments to the international seaborne fleet, the booming offshore oil and gas industry, for example, which now involves more active energy explorations, requires considerable workforce for the oil rigs, oil wells, and even sea-based and land-based campsites. The shipbuilding industry is likewise in need of more maritime professionals and skilled manpower. In this regard, maritime-related vocational courses are also currently being developed or upgraded at the UPHS in coordination with TESDA.