PBBM to PMMA Madasiklan Class 2023: Help PH maintain its name as global figure in maritime industry, int`l asset
PMMA GRADUATION. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. (3rd from left) leads the 200th commencement exercises of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) “Madasiklan” Class of 2023 at the Grandstand of the PMMA Complex in San Narciso, Zambales on Thursday (July 20, 2023). The “Madasiklan” Class of 2023, which stands for “MAgiting na may DAngal at SImbolo ng Kawal ng karagatAN,” is composed of 224 graduating midshipmen, with 97 from the Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and 127 from the Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE). (PNA photo by Joey O. Razon)
During the 200th Commencement Exercises of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA), President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. urged the "Madasiklan" Class of 2023 to help maintain the Philippines' global reputation in the maritime industry and serve as an international asset. Addressing the 224 cadets, Marcos encouraged them to approach their future roles with the same passion and resilience they displayed during their time at PMMA.
Marcos emphasized that the occasion marked the culmination of the cadets' hard work and perseverance as they prepare to serve as officers and engineers in various sectors, including the Navy, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine Fleet. He called on them to uphold their class name, "Magigiting na may Dangal at Simbolo ng Kawal ng Karagatan" (Courageous with Honor and Symbol of the Warrior of the Sea), and contribute to maintaining the country's standing in the maritime industry.
He thanked the private sector for its support in enhancing maritime education and training, highlighting its role in making the industry more innovative, resilient, and adaptable. Marcos urged concerned agencies to collaborate closely with PMMA to ensure that maritime education remains responsive to the nation's needs while adhering to laws and regulations.
Marcos expressed gratitude to the private shipping industry, a long-time supporter of PMMA, for its contributions that not only impact graduates' lives but also elevate the Philippines' capabilities as a maritime nation. The PMMA, a pioneer institution in maritime education, has produced professionals serving in various marine and maritime-related roles both locally and internationally.
Originally established as Escuela Nautica de Manila in 1820, the institution has evolved over the years, offering degrees in marine transportation and engineering. It provides various training courses to enhance skills in firefighting, navigation, and more.