How to have your Seaman’s Book fast

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SET AN APPOINTMENT THRU THE MARINA ONLINE APPOINTMENT SYSTEM The MARINA enforces strict rules for personal appearance. All seafarers with appointment schedules, must appear physically at the MARINA on the specified date and time for image capturing.   1. Select the type of document (SIRB,COP or Licensure) to be applied for and choose an appointment […]

Posted by: on Dec 29, 2016 read more

My Brother is not a (Pig) Carabao!

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By this time, everybody who’s ever read the newspaper beyond the comics section is aware of the latest tragic comedy that the Mejia administration is co-authoring. The July 2 sinking of the M/B Kim Nirvana led to the death of 62 people, but according to the MARINA chief, the agency is totally not to be […]

Posted by: on Aug 04, 2015 read more

Fake Promises and Broken Dreams

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“Earn dollars, see the world for free and have a girl in every port.” This is the phrase that maritime schools often use as come-on, either as a blatant offer or as a subtle hint, particularly on collecting girlfriends, to lure unsuspecting students. Little do they know that this catching phase has wrecked a thousand […]

Posted by: on Oct 15, 2014 read more

Teach them how to fish

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As a saying goes, don’t just give them fish but teach them how to fish so that they will learn to stand on their own and be able to feed themselves for a lifetime. Relief goods continue to pour on the hapless victims of typhoon Yolanda and perhaps it will continue for the next six […]

Posted by: on Nov 22, 2013 read more

Bakit kaya?

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Bakit kaya palagi na lang may naririnig tayong mga marino na naging biktima ng katiwalian, pagsasamantala, at minsan naman, pag-aalipusta? Sa aking karanasan bilang isang marino sa loob ng dalawang dekada  madalas kong makita na napagsasamantalahan ang karamihan sa atin dahil naging kulturana natin ang pagiging sunud-sunuran. Hinahayaan lang natin ang ganitong sistema. Naging sunud-sunuran […]

Posted by: on Nov 22, 2013 read more

To solve the vast problem that MARINA is facing at present is FIRST

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To solve the vast problem that MARINA is facing at present is FIRST, they have to accept that they are a bunch of nincompoops and the reason why they are there is because of their political connection. SECOND, they have to approach the people in the maritime industry who have the expertise in this field. […]

Posted by: on Nov 19, 2013 read more