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  1. PMMA97

    PMMA97 TagaBundok

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    The Philippine Merchant Marine Academy is under attack from a House Bill that wants to convert it to a Naval Academy. I know that some of the members here are influential and concerned members of the populace. Some are even members of the Philippine defense and intelligence community. The PMMA alumni is gathering all the help we could muster to kill the house bill presented by Cong. Cerilles. Please help us in any way possible. Even with just forwarding this message/appeal as an email attachment to friends will help in our efforts. Thanks.

    Below is the Republic Act that created the PMMA:

    REPUBLIC ACT No. 3680

    AN ACT CONVERTING THE PRESENT PHILIPPINE NAUTICAL SCHOOL INTO THE PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY, CONFERRING THE DEGREES OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MARINE TRANSPORTATION, MAJOR IN NAVIGATION AND SEAMANSHIP, AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MARINE TRANSPORTATION, MAJOR IN STEAM ENGINE AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, PROVIDING FOR A MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY BOARD, DEFINING THE BOARD'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

    Section 1. The Philippine Nautical School, located in Pasay City, Philippines, is hereby converted into the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy, which will offer a nautical curriculum leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, major in navigation and seamanship, and Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, major in steam engine and electrical engineering.

    Section 2. The main purpose of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy is to produce efficient and well trained merchant marine officers who can favorably compare with marine officers of progressive maritime countries sufficient to carry the expanding international trade in times of peace and capable of serving as a naval and military auxiliary in times of war and national emergency. The secondary purpose is to produce young men well trained in other fields of the merchant marine service, like marine surveyors, port supervisors, shipping office personnel, shipping management and others.

    Section 3. The head of this institution shall be known as the Superintendent of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy. He must at least be a master mariner and shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines upon the recommendation of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Board. The powers and duties of the Superintendent in addition to those specially provided for in this Act, shall be those usually pertaining to the office of the president of a college.

    Section 4. The government of said Academy is hereby vested in the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Board which shall be composed of the following: The Secretary of Commerce and Industry who shall be ex-officio chairman of the board, with a representative of the Philippine Navy, the Chairman of the Board of Marine Inquiry, the Chairman of the Board of Marine Examination for Deck Officers, the chairman of the Board of Marine Examination for Marine Engineers, the President of the United Harbor Pilots Association of the Philippines, the President of the Filipino Shipowners' Association, the President of the Philippine Marine Officers' Guild, and the Superintendent of the Academy as members.

    Members of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Board shall serve without compensation, other than actual and necessary expenses incurred either in attendance upon meetings of the Board or upon official business authorized by a resolution of the Board.

    Section 5. The Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Board shall have the following powers and duties in addition to its general powers of administration:

    (a) To confer the degree of Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, major in navigation and seamanship, and Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, major in steam engine and electrical engineering to successful candidates for graduation.

    (b) To appoint, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of the Academy, instructors, professors and other employees of the Academy, to fix their compensation, hours of service and other duties as it may deem proper, to grant to them leaves of absence under existing laws and regulations and to remove them from office for cause after an investigation and hearing and after, in the opinion of the Board, there is just cause for his removal.

    (c) To approve the curricula and rules of discipline drawn up by the Academy Council as hereunder provided.

    (d) To provide fellowships for faculty members and scholarships to students showing special evidence of merits.

    (e) To provide rules for its government, and to enact for the government of the Academy such general ordinances and regulations, not contrary to law, as are consistent with the purpose of the Academy as defined in Section two of this Act.

    (f) To receive in trust legacies, gifts, and donations of real and personal property of all kinds and to administer the same for the benefit of the Academy or for aid to any cadets, in accordance with the directions and instructions of the donor, and, in default thereof, in such manner as the Academy Board may, in its discretion, determine.

    (g) To receive and appropriate to the ends specified by law such sums as may be provided by law for the support of the college.

    Section 6. A quorum of the Academy Board shall consist of a majority of all the members. All processes against the Academy Board shall be served on the Superintendent of the Academy or secretary thereof.

    Section 7. On or before the fifteenth of June of each year, the Academy Board shall file with the President of the Philippines a detailed report setting forth the progress, condition, and needs of the Academy.

    Section 8. There shall be an Academy Council consisting of the Superintendent and all instructors and professors of the Academy. The Council shall have the power to prescribe the curricula and rules of discipline, subject to the approval of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Board. It shall fix the requirements for admission to the Academy as well as for graduation and the receiving of a degree. The Council alone shall have the power to recommend students or others to be recipients of degrees. Through the Superintendent it shall have disciplinary power over the students within the limits prescribed by rules of discipline approved by the Academy Board.

    Section 9. The body of instructors and professors of the Academy shall constitute the faculty of the Academy, with the Superintendent of the Academy as the presiding officer. In the appointment of professors or instructors of the Academy, no religious test shall be applied, nor shall the religious opinions or affiliations of the faculty of the Academy be made a matter of examination or inquiry; Provided, however, That no instructor or professor in the Academy shall inculcate sectarian tenets in any of the teachings, nor attempt either directly or indirectly, under penalty of dismissal by the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Board, to influence students or attendants at the Academy for or against any particular church or religious sect.

    Section 10. Professors and other regular instructors in the Academy shall be exempt as such from any civil service examinations or regulations as a requisite to appointment.

    Section 11. There shall be a Secretary of the Academy appointed by the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Board. He shall be the Secretary of the Board as well as the Academy, and shall keep such records of the Academy as may be designated by the Board.

    Section 12. Graduates of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy who are holders of a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation, major in navigation and seamanship, shall be exempted from taking the third mate examination, and those who are holders of a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation, major in steam engine and electrical engineering, shall be exempted from taking the fourth steam engineer's examination.

    Section 13. In order not to interrupt the smooth functioning of the present four-year nautical curriculum of the Philippine Nautical School, the present Superintendent and faculty, as well as the other personnel, shall be absorbed by the new Academy. Salaries of these personnel shall be adjusted at the discretion of the Academy Board within the limits available for appropriation.

    Section 14. For carrying out the purposes and provisions of this Act, the sum of eight hundred thousand pesos is hereby appropriated from funds in the National Treasury not otherwise appropriated for the fiscal year nineteen hundred sixty-three to nineteen hundred sixty-four. An additional five hundred thousand pesos is hereby appropriated for the purpose of acquiring a modern steam-powered training ship to supplement classroom instructions. Thereafter the amount of three hundred thousand pesos shall be included in the yearly General Appropriations Acts for the maintenance and operation of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy.

    The sum herein appropriated shall not be released except upon certification of the Secretary of Finance and the Auditor General as to the availability of fund in excess of those necessary for the operation of the Government as provided in the annual General Appropriation Acts for the fiscal year nineteen hundred sixty-three to nineteen hundred sixty-four.

    Section 15. Any provisions of existing laws inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed.

    Section 16. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

    Approved: June 22, 1963
     
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    And this is an article proposed House Bill abolishing the PMMA.

    Creation of RP’s own Philippine Naval Academy (PNA) pushed
    18 September 2005 12:43:52 PM
    Writer: Rowena B. Bundang, PRID

    House Deputy Majority Leader Antonio Cerilles is seeking the creation of the country’s own Philippine Naval Academy (PNA) to keep the country abreast with the modernized navy of other countries and effectively build a credible naval force.

    Cerilles said the reason why the navy of advance countries like the United States is very efficient is because they have an institution that focuses in educating their future naval officers, unlike in the country which has a military institution, the Philippine Military Academy, but which offers too generalized military education.

    In 1963, Cerilles said the government established a Philippine Merchant Marine Academy which has been receiving an annual budget but whose graduates are not obliged to serve the armed forces specifically the Philippine Navy. “In reality these graduates serve the interest of private employers and in most cases foreign vessels flying the flags of other countries. The government with scarce resources should now withdraw its financial support to an institution which does not serve the interest of the Filipino people.”

    At present, Cerilles said the private sector has established 79 maritime schools nationwide while there are more than 10 state colleges and universities serving the purpose of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA). Records of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) shows that there were 91, 886 enrollees in these private maritime schools for school year 2001-2002, which have considerably increased through the years reaching more than 100,000 enrollees.

    “Our country should support free-enterprise considering that the private sector has invested so much for putting up maritime schools,” the Zamboanga del Sur solon said.

    In line with the nation’s vision of a strong Republic and the Philippines AFP Modernization Plan, Cerilles said the country must have a strong navy to keep pace with the demands of modern technology and to protect the country from external threats, implement environmental laws, promote safety of life, safeguard our resources, and protect the national territory.

    Under Cerilles’s proposal embodied in House Bill 4604, those eligible for admission to the PNA shall be natural-born Filipino males and females, single, of good moral character, 17 to 22 years old, at least high school graduate, physically and psychologically fit.

    The bill provides that the 63-hectare campus of the PMMA in San Narciso, Zambales, its records, equipment, assets and liabilities shall be transferred to the PNA. Similar assets for training navy personnel in the AFP shall also be transferred to the PNA.

    It further provides that all academic courses offered by the PNA shall begin with a core curriculum that includes engineering, science, mathematics, humanities, and social science. It shall provide a broad-based education that shall qualify the midshipman to become an officer of the Philippine Navy. Graduates of the four-year course at the PNA shall be conferred a Bachelor’s Degree of Naval Science.
     

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    Please educate me here, I'm already having a headache. Does that mean that graduates need to serve the navy first before you can work for other companies? Oh my head!

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    PMMA97,

    Does the PMMA have a position paper on this issue? If so, could you please post the text or a link to it here so we may study the matter in more detail. Thanks.
     
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    Republic Act 3680 which created the PMMA does not include involuntary service to the AFP but some of the graduates pursue careers in the Philippine armed forces, mostly in the Coast Guard and Navy.
     
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    The PMMA alumni association is drafting an official position paper and building a weblink. Thanks.
     
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    REACTION Paper released at:

    http://www.pmmaaa.org/petition