The Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS) recently recognized its successful alumni during its 20th year anniversary celebration held in conjunction with its Commencement Exercises for its newest batch of graduates consisting of 133 cadets.
Awarded were alumni who have achieved the positions of Master, Chief Engineer, Chief Mate and First Engineer positions in MIS founding companies, Magsaysay, Fairmont, and Mitsui OSK Lines.
MIS has produced many professional seafarers, of whom, close to 200 are currently management level officers which include captains, chief engineers, chief officers and second engineers. Eight hundred fifty (850) of its graduates are operational level officers whose positions are 2nd officer, 3rd officers, 2nd engineers and 4th engineers. These officers comprise 25 percent of total graduates of the school.
Said CEO Doris Magsaysay-Ho, ''MIS was founded with a vision to establish a training institute that would develop future officers and provide world class training for our seafarers. Today, we are truly proud that this vision has become a reality with many of our graduates holding key management positions onboard.''
In attendance during the ceremonies were over 200 alumni members. The event also saw the MIS Alumni Association electing its officers while their family members attended a health awareness seminar.
The event's special guests of honor were Atty. Nic Conti of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and Senator Loren Legarda. Paul Lazaro, SVP of the Development Bank of the Philippines, and Congressman Elpidio Barzaga, Jr., Representative District of Dasmarinas. PRC examiners, partner schools and international media were also present during the ceremonies.
MIS was founded in 1992 by Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, its sister company Hong Kong-based Fairmont Shipping, and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) which is one of the largest shipping companies in the world. For 20 years, MIS has trained over 4,800 cadets and seafarers for a fulfilling career at Magsaysay, Fairmont and MOL. In 2011, MIS entered into partnership with select, reputable maritime colleges under the Academe Industry Linkage Program, wherein the third year of maritime education is taught at MIS. Its over 4 hectares of live-in campus in Dasmarinas, Cavite is equipped with the most advanced facilities and technology and a curriculum that ensures a holistic approach to education by balancing technical knowledge and skills training with an emphasis on leadership and value formation.
''We are rapidly expanding our fleet and aim to recruit, train, and hire more Filipinos who currently represent 70% of our sea-going workforce. MIS has played a key role in producing highly-skilled and competent seafarers for our vessels'', said MOL Chairman Akimitsu Ashida.
Senator Legarda, who sponsored and ushered the Senate's concurrence in the ratification of the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006, also known as the ''Seafarers' Bill of Rights'', thanked MOL for providing training and jobs to Filipino seafarers. In her speech, she also said, ''The sea could be one of the most dangerous and harshest environments for workers, which is why we have worked hard to ensure fair working conditions and security of tenure for our seafarers through the MLC. We take pride in our seafarers' competence, dedication, hard work and contribution to the nation and there's no better way to give back to them than by ensuring that the protection of our Filipino seafarers' interest is imbued with national interest.''