Cotabato City- The National Maritime Week is a week-long celebration which culminated on September 23, 2013. The principal objective of celebrating the day is bringing the public closer to the shipping industry and promoting the contribution of the maritime sector and a fitting tribute to the country’s seafarers. The Regional Ports Management Authority –ARMM participated in this year’s celebration of National Maritime Week (NMW) with this year’s celebration evolves on the theme “Sustainable Development: IMO’s Contribution beyond Rio+20, The RPMA-ARMM, however, as its own sub-theme,”   Let us work together for a bluer Sea and Green environment”.

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) hosts this year’s celebration of National Maritime Week. Aside from RPMA, major players in the week-long celebration (Sept. 23-29, 2013) nationwide include the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), major maritime attached agencies to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC and Shipping Lines Industries.

On early morning of September 23, 2013, the event started off with the motorcade which was participated by of all partner agencies and short program was conducted at Philippine Ports Authority Office-Cotabato City headed by the PPA- OIC Port Manager.

The observance of the National Maritime day has served as an avenue to the maritime industry to engage in dynamic interaction and serves as an excellent avenue to raise the level of people’s consciousness on issues and concerns in the maritime industry and its role on maritime sector in nation building.

Planned Activities includes: Clean-up drive within the respective Offices, planting of Ornamental plants within respective Offices, Feeding, Tree planting, and Sports activities.

On the second day of celebration, RPMA-ARMM initiated the clean-up drive within the RPMA premises. RPMA took the initiative of inviting other agencies such as, DENR-ARMM, General Services-ORG, ISS-ARMM, PNP, TESDA, Brgy. Captain of RH 7 and Residence residing near the RPMA vicinity to ensure the cleanliness, proper disposal of the garbage must be observed within the RPMA premises and to gain  the cooperation and helps of every stakeholder in resolving the unpleasant environment or of  “Throwing of the Garbage near the RPMA Office “ be addressed.

The clean-up drive at the RPMA premises on September 27, 2013 was successfully concluded with the help of other agencies and with some residents who were invited.

The activity highlighting the importance of having a clean environment aimed to foster the individual sense of responsibility in the preservation of green environment.


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