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Philippine Self-Reliant Defense Posture Program

Defending one’s homeland is one of the primordial duties of the state. Our Constitution mandates the creation of a citizen armed force that consists of a small standing army and a sizeable reserve force. With a small regular armed force, our defense policy largely depends on three basic factors: the threats, the allies, and the technology. As many of us…


Learning from Korea

On invitation from the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former DILG Sec Rafael M Alunan and I took on a very enlightening journey to revisit the Republic of Korea and review anew the various conditions and characteristics that surround the tremendous progress and development of that great country. The visit was arranged by ROK Ambassador to the PH Kim Jae…


An UNCLOS-based Durable Legal System for Regional Maritime Security and Ocean Governance for the Indo-Pacific Maritime Region (An enhanced maritime awareness agenda for the Maritime Forum)

Introduction The maritime issues under consideration in this article relates to the establishment of a legal order and durable regional ocean governance mechanism addressing non-traditional maritime security concerns, initially concentrated on the South China Sea giving prominence to a narrowed ASEAN-China context, but eventually extrapolated to a large maritime setting that is the seas of the ASEAN and the Central…


Take Defense Treaty Action for Philippine Sovereignty In South China Sea

China is building militarized islands in the South China Sea and ignoring international law, including in Philippine territory. Experts think China plans to build a new base on strategic Scarborough Shoal. That calls for economic sanctions, and triggering of the U.S.-Philippine defense treaty. On Monday (10-April-2017), Reuters reported China Coast Guard and industrial fishing ship operations at Scarborough Shoal, the…



The Three Shining Moments of Philippine History

Since becoming a nation 119 years ago, Filipinos have strived to live in freedom, an atmosphere of enduring peace and sustainable development towards a better and brighter future for us and our offspring. This brighter future is to be shared by generations of Filipinos – living and dead – who fought for freedom, dignity and prosperity, and also by us,…


PRS Supports MARINA with Latest Technology on Probabilistic Damage Stability Calculations

The Philippine Register of Shipping (PRS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last 26-September-2016 with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers, Inc. (SONAME) to further support MARINA in its capacity-building for the full implementation of this important MARINA Circular 2015-08 on Rules and Regulations on Subdivision and Damage Stability Requirements. In this…


Shipowners should expect a Quantum Leap in IT and Automation

Shipping should expect a quantum leap in technology adoption over the next 10 years as ships are built with more automation and IT systems. Anglo Eastern Group’s Capt Pradeep Chawla said shipowners should be training seafarers to use the technology now. He is managing director for quality, health, safety, training and the environment at the ship-management group. Capt Chawla said…


INMARSAT and Norway’s BLUE MARITIME CLUSTER join forces in digital Disruption Push

INMARSAT is working with the Blue Maritime Cluster to formulate how digital disruption will transform the traditional shipping industry and open up new opportunities for ship owners, marine technology companies and others in the network for innovation. Based in Norway’s Møre region, the Blue Maritime Cluster is recognized by government as a global centre of expertise. Many of its marine…


Internet of Things in Logistics and Shipping

In previous articles, we have discussed general applications of information technology in the maritime industry. We had an overview of technologies that are being used in modern ships. In this article, we will explore a new and evolving technological trend that is making an impact not just in the home and the workplace, but also in the logistics and shipping…


Frigate Proven Design Criteria

INTRODUCTION Ship acquisition program is a very sensitive issue, thus the choice of a proven design warship tops the list. The cost of Frigate acquisition is very prohibitive that it requires a careful evaluation and analysis of the Ship Systems Work Breakdown Structures (SSWBS), an itemized cost distribution of various components of the ship versus the desired requirements and capability…


Concept of Extraterritoriality

Dear Editor, I am submitting this unique idea that can be considered under the subject of “Concept of extraterritoriality.“ —Atty. Fernando C. Campos Extraterritoriality is a concept similar to the 2 Separate Administrative Regions of China —the MAINLAND and HONGKONG. It is a unilateral declaration of CHINA as a sovereign State and was accepted by GREAT BRITAIN as a co-equal…


Proceedings: MF’s 115 & 116

115th MARITIME FORUM MF 115 was hosted by the PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD (PCG), held at the PCG Building, Port Area, Manila on 30-September-2016. Commo CARLOS L. AGUSTIN (Ret), FORUM CHAIR thanked the host RADM WILLIAM MELAD, CPCG, and acknowledged HON FELIPE JUDAN, USEC DOTr for Maritime Affairs, as well as the other agency heads present in the Forum. RADM WILLIAM…


Fisherfolk and Agri Officials Sail to Benham Rise, Stake PH Claim with Fishing Markers

On board the government’s multi-mission research vessel, M/V DA-BFAR, fisherfolk and officials from the Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) sailed to Philippine Rise on 06-May-2017 and deployed fish aggregating devices, commonly called payao, to stir up more fishing in the region. A traditional Philippine payao is a simple bamboo raft with a superstructure at…


Giant and Reef Mobula Rays in the Philippines

Prior to June 2017, there were two species classified as genus Manta: Birostris and Alfredi. According to Marine Wildlife Philippines, the new taxonomy now classifies them as genus Mobula (White et al, 2017) as Mobula birostris and Mobula alfredi. Both mobula ray species are found in the Philippines, and are closely related to sharks, skates, and other rays. Collectively, they…


Telemedicine on Vessels would save Lives, say 98% of Seafarers

Seafarers are the lifeblood of the shipping industry and are critical to its future sustainability. That said, are we doing enough to ensure the welfare of those at sea? Furthermore, could major improvements to crew welfare save the shipping industry millions of dollars per year? Is crew welfare key to a safe voyage? A seafarer’s state of wellbeing can make…


NAVY 2020: Sailing on Track?

We join the Philippine Navy in celebrating its 119th Founding Anniversary in May this year and convey our warmest congratulations for being an active partner in the maritime community and an instrument of peace, progress and stability. With its well-conceived plan of governance but still faced with inadequate resources we are tempted to ask the question: Is it on track…


Is it time to create a Department for Maritime Affairs?

During the 120th Maritime Forum held at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific where we were once again awed by the progress and development of that excellent institution founded by AMOSUP Chairman Capt Greg Oca and nurtured by its President, VADM Eduardo Ma R Santos, I asked the Forum to remember former Senator Leticia R Shahani, likewise an…