The UPHS- College of Maritime Education recognizes the value of customer satisfaction in the competitive world of the shipping industry. It further recognizes that a major factor in this satisfaction is the supply of maritime graduates of an assured level of quality.
In view of this, the College of Maritime Education has a mission to provide the highest practicable standards in its three B.S. Degree Courses and Seafarers Rating Courses, complying with national and international regulations, molding young people to become competent professional seafarers and ship designers. This mission exemplifies the commitment of the College to strive for the realization of the University's mission to wit: "to produce Perpetualites who outstandingly value virtues of reaching out and helping others as vital ingredients to nation building."
Finally, the College of Maritime Education shall converge its programs in satisfying relevant international regulations on safety of life and property at sea and to the protection of the marine environment, thus adhering to the ideals of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is: "Cleaner Oceans, Safer Ships."
The College of Maritime Education (CME) of the University of Perpetual Help System (UPHS) envisions itself to be a premier institution that provides quality maritime education and training for the development of maritime manpower.
To educate, train and develop young men and women to become competent seafarers and maritime professionals with distinct knowledge, skills, attitude, and values essential to the pursuit of a progressive maritime career.
1. To ensure optimal development of the CME to sustain its capability to provide quality maritime education and training programs consistent with national policies, standards and guidelines, provisions of the STCW as amended, and other relevant international laws and conventions.
2. To sustain the leadership position of UPHS CME as maritime education and training (MET) provider through continuing improvements in the quality and offering of the prescribed curriculum in BS Marine Transportation, BS Marine Engineering, BS Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and Bridging Program (BS Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering to BS Marine Engineering), Seafarers’ Rating Courses, and other accredited training programs.
3. To further formulate and implement policies, strategy and doctrines, and pursue greater self-reliance in maritime education and training programs, and in the deployment of CME midshipmen/ graduates in response to the requirements of the global maritime industry.
4. To enhance the professionalism of both the faculty and the midshipmen, and strongly advocate character building as the key to nation building.
5. To uphold corporate social responsibility (CSR) within the System’s ambit of maritime affairs.
Full- Mission Bridge Simulators & Other Training Equipment
UPHS College of Maritime Education students train as a team on the newly-acquired state-of-the-art Kongsberg Full Mission Bridge Simulators by working on different scenarios and engaging in different exercises. Part of the bridge simulator is the Instructor Monitoring and Assessment System. In line with Capacity Building Measures under its Self-Reliance Program, the UPHS CME likewise maintains and operates GMDSS simulators and looks into further upgrading of the Full-Mission Bridge Simulators by integrating the Engine Room and other training simulators with them.
Head and Eyes On The Boat!
While UPHS College of Maritime Education prides itself of its state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, character building, professionalism and excellence are the essential attributes to the UPHS CME’s vision of quality maritime education and training programs. Yes, our CME stands for Character Building, Maritime Knowledge and Skills, and Excellence. At UPHS, we advocate Character Building as the key to Nation Building.
B.S. Marine Engineering students likewise engage themselves on the practical side of steam boiler operation following classroom theories.
B.S. Marine Engineering students further enhance their skills in the electrical wiring connection of magnetic contactors.
Airconditioned Classrooms and Well-Equipped Library
Our air-conditioned classrooms provide an environment that is conducive to both teaching and learning. Our state-of-the-art IT/training equipment and the proactive interaction and discussions between professors/instructors and their students characterize our classrooms’ day-to-day activities. Our library caters to the extensive research undertakings of both the professors and the students.
The UPHS College of Maritime Education (CME) graduates have consistently landed in the top 10 places in the Marine Engineering Licensure Examinations conducted by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). The following UPHS CME graduates of BSMarE in particular have brought glory and honor to the CME in particular, and to the UPHS in general.
Marlon D Gabuat - 2nd Place (Jan 2012)
Francis C Novero - 3rd Place (Jan 2012)
Gerardo S Roxas - 6th Place (Jan 2011)
Odilone I Reveche - 9th Place (May 2011)
Allan Coronado - 1st Place (May 2008)
The UPHS CME also prides itself of obtaining 100% institutional passing rate in both Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering Board Exams in recent years.
Former Coast Guard Commandant Assumes as Vice President For Maritime Affairs
Retired Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Wilfredo D Tamayo is the new Vice President for Maritime Affairs of the University of Perpetual Help System (UPHS).
Admiral Tamayo graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1979 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He earned his Masteral Degree in Business Administration from the La Salle University.
Prior to his assumption as the 22nd Commandant of the PCG, Admiral Tamayo had served as Vice Commandant for Operations, Vice Commandant for Administration, Chief of Coast Guard Staff, Commander of Coast Guard Fleet, Commander of Coast Guard Education and Training Command, and District Commander of National Capital Region, Southern Tagalog, and Bicol, among others.
His sea duty tour includes junior billets served on board the Philippine Navy’s BRP Sierra Madre (AL-57) and BRP Marinduque (LF-36), and the Coast Guard’s search and rescue vessel BRP Bessang Pass (SAR-75). He completed his Executive Officer tour on board the Coast Guard vessel BRP Corregidor (AE-891). His colorful sea duty culminated with the successful command of two (2) Coast Guard capital ships, the BRP CORREGIDOR (AE-891) which is a buoy and lighthouse tender, and the BRP EDSA II (SARV-002) which is a search and rescue vessel.
Admiral Tamayo had also successfully chaired the 4th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM) in October 2008 and the 11th Asia Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies Forum (APHOMSA) in June 2010.
In recognition of his remarkable achievements as Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard from 01 June 2008 to 19 Apr 2011, Admiral Tamayo was awarded the prestigious Order of Lakandula with the rank of Commander by his Excellency Benigno S Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines.
As the new Vice President for Maritime Affairs, Admiral Tamayo is all set to help position the UPHS College of Maritime Education (CME) and Maritime Training Center (MTC) in the forefront of maritime education and training in the country. His current initiatives are geared towards the attainment of greater self-reliance and capacity building measures in line with the UPHS CME’s vision-mission of “a premier institution that provides quality maritime education and training for the development of competent seafarers and maritime professionals with distinct knowledge, skills, attitude and values, and with high sense of diligence, loyalty, service, and honor essential to the pursuit of a maritime career in support of national development”.
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.