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Solon wants to reduce the cost of training for Filipino seamen.

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When a “blended learning program” is made available to Filipino sailors, a congressman urged the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to lower the training costs.

Sandro Gonzalez, a representative from the Marino Party-List, called Samuel Batalla, the executive director of the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, during a Facebook Live on Saturday regarding an “e-learning platform” for the nation’s seafarers.

“The decrease of training fees is part of MARINA’s mandate and will be very helpful to our seafarers who spend a lot of money on their face-to-face training in the Philippines,” Gonzalez said.

Batalla promised that MARINA will bring the matter up right away with the various agencies that were involved.

Gonzales asserted that the e-learning platform will save time and money for sailors, particularly for those who live distant from the training facilities.

“Malaking tipid ito pagdating sa lodging, transportation, at iba pang miscellaneous fees ng ating mga kabaro (This will truly help when it comes to accommodation, transportation, and other miscellaneous costs being paid by our seafarers),” he said.

The e-learning platform would also allow seafarers to continue their education whether “inside, outside, or even while on holiday” on the ship.

According to Gonzales, the Management Level Courses (MLC), which offer distance learning programs, are also part of the e-learning programs.

The seafarers had the opportunity to ask questions during the Facebook Livestream program, including those on the MLC and the Maritime Industry Development Plan.

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