After more than four decades, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) finally has a home to call its own.
Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade and MARINA Officer-in-Charge Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr. led the inauguration rites of MARINA’s new central office building located at Bonifacio Drive corner 20th Street, Port Area, Manila Friday, 14 December 2018.
The new 12,000-square meter, 12-storey building was constructed with assistance from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and ANGKLA Partylist Representative Jesulito Manalo.
Construction took place from 2015 to 2018 at a cost of P382 million.
Present during the inauguration were DoTr Undersecretary for Maritime Fernando Juan Perez, Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago, MARINA Deputy Administrator for Operations Nannette Dinopol and Manalo.
In his inaugural speech, DoTr Secretary Tugade expressed gratitude to the present and past administrators of the MARINA for finally getting the agency a home that it truly owns.
“Pasalamatan po natin ‘yung mga ibang nag-umpisa na nagkaroon ng vision, nagkaroon ng layunin upang mabigyang buhay ang ating bagong tahanan. Ang pabaon sa inagurasyon na ito ay ‘yung mga nagawa nung mga nakaraang administrador,” said Tugade.
The secretary laid out his vision and plans for MARINA. This included the implementation of a maritime registry, the provision of third party liability (TPL) insurance for sea vessels, marine transport vehicle modernization and the establishment of an admiralty court.
The inauguration marks the transition of MARINA central office service units from their rented office space on Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila to the new MARINA building.
Partial operations of the central office building will commence early next year, with full operations expected before the end of 2019.
“This structure signifies our commitment to transforming MARINA into a world-class and capable organization,” Vingson said.