After a successful nod for the Level 2 Re-accreditation of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) last year, the Bachelor of Science in Maritime Program (BSMT) of the Holy Cross of Davao College is now gearing up for a higher accreditation status.

HCDC, according to PACUCOA, has satisfactorily met the standards and fulfilled all the requirements during its October 2021 findings. The said re-accreditation status is valid until October 2026.

Engineer Hyde Rendon, the lead assessor of the program, said in an interview that they are currently working to apply for the Level 3 Accreditation status of the program. The program has been given five years to prepare for the re-accreditation. 

PACUCOA was concerned with the following standards of the program including  philosophy and objectives, faculty, instruction, laboratories, research, library, student services, social orientation, community involvement, physical plant, facilities, organization and administration. 

Since the accreditation, the program is prioritizing the research area, starting with the successful participation in an international scientific-practical student’s conference, “The Green Line of Maritime Business” in Lithuanian Maritime Academy in which HCDC has submitted 10 entries from participating maritime faculty and students. 

Rendon also pointed out the importance of an accredited BSMT program since most of the graduates will be deployed on international vessels that require high standards and qualifications. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulates the Maritime industry. Hence, the program has an international body like DNV – ISO 9001:2015 version and the Japanese Government Accreditation.

She also said that since the BSMT program in HCDC is accredited by the Japanese government, graduates are automatically accepted in any Japanese vessel and manning agency with no extra training required.

The name of the school where a particular cadet or cadette graduated has a big impact in applying for a job on board. Any company will prioritize graduates from accredited maritime school which means you are included in the white list,” Rendon added.

Rendon takes pride in the BSMT course, assuring a quality education grounded with faith and Christian values. Any aspiring BSMT student who wants a higher employment rate and more opportunities in the maritime industry can see a better future with the accredited BSMT program in HCDC. (Hannah Grace Singson, BA Comm Intern)