KAMAYA PT, Bataan – The Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), a leading maritime institution in the country and in the Asia-Pacific region, celebrated its 21st founding anniversary in simple rites on Jan. 14, 2019, at its 103-hectare state-of-the art campus here at Brgy. Alas-asin, coastal town of Mariveles.
In his message before fellow Academy officials, employees, students and guests, MAAP president IVAdm Eduardo Ma. R. Santos AFP (ret.), expressed optimism that MAAP continue to shine this year, as he cited the challenges outfought by master mariner Captain Gregorio S. Oca, pioneer president of Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP), who was buoyed up by a firm determination to build a union of Filipino seafarers, a union he envisioned to run a maritime academy – the MAAP –where he also served. as its pioneer chairman of the board of governors. He called on all concerned, “We should work always for the good of MAAP.”
“This, indeed, is a dream come true,” Santos said, stressing, “the vision of Captain Oca to establish a maritime institution to produce world-class and globally competitive Filipino merchant marine officers has turned into a winsome and dynamic reality!”
Admiral Santos also announced that MAAP’s newly-built training ship M/V Kapitan Gregorio Oca is soon arriving from Japan. It is named after Capt. Oca, prominently known as “Father of Filipino Seafarers”. The construction of the brand-new 70-meter training ship was jointly funded by International Mariners Management Association of Japan (IMMAJ) , (All-Japan Seamen’s Union of Japan ( AJSU), and AMOSUP.