The Dean of the College of Maritime Education (COME) Capt. Alejo Dotimas remains optimistic to get the nod anew of Japanese auditors and be granted renewal of recognition by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure Transport and Tourism.

This, after its visit to HCDC on August 30, 2018 composed of three teams – documentation team led by Miura from MLIT and Nomura from Japan Maritime Center (JMC); Deck team composed of Matsumoto from MLIT and Capt. Yodogawa from the Japanese Ship Owners Association (JSA) and the Samal team led by Uenishi of MLIT.

This recognition would give an exemption to HCDC cadets from taking the Japanese examination as well as the conversion of their Philippine Certificate of Competency to Japanese COC, to make opportunities better and wider for them.

The visitation entailed different activities such as the inspection and evaluation of maritime facilities and equipment at the HCDC Maritime Training Center at Camudmud, Babak, Island Garden City of Samal.

“They were impressed by our facilities and all the equipment that they were looking for were there”, Dotimas confidently said in compliance with the specific checklist of equipment for maritime institutions as required by MLIT.

“The management and COME work hand in hand to provide the best facilities and training to our cadets to enable them to be globally competitive seafarers”, Dotimas added. (by Clodet Ann Loreto, MassCom Intern)