Mr. Guerrero reminded central office staff and Directors to remain faithful to their sworn duty as public servants and urged them to live up to the highest level of ethical standards for government officials and employees.


In addition, Rey Leonardo B Guerrero presented his initial 14-point priority Agenda and instructed the Directors to submit substantial results by the end of the year. Some of the points are the following:

  • Re-engineering of the MARINA website;
  • Completion of the draft 10-Year Maritime Industry Development Program (MIDP) pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 474, s. 1974 or the charter creating the MARINA;
  • Full compliance with the Audit Findings of the EMSA relating to the Philippine maritime education, training and certification system following the country’s implementation of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978, as amended;
  • Assessment on the Implementation of Republic Act No. 9295 otherwise known as the “ Domestic Shipping Development Act of 2004”;
  • Completion of the draft Revised Philippine Merchant Marine Rules and Regulations;
  • Completion of the draft Philippine draft Philippine Fishing Vessels Rules and Regulations (PFVRR);
  • Completion of the MARINA Quality Procedures covering all major services at the MARINA Central Office Service Units in preparation for the eventual implementation of the MARINA Integrated Management System (IMS); (h) Preparation for the Philippine Audit under the IMO Member State Audit
    Scheme (IMSAS) in 2021;
  • Implementation of Regulatory Reforms to Ease Doing Business in the Maritime Industry and the Expanded Anti-Red Tape Act of 2017;
  • Accelerated Filling-Up of Vacant Plantilla Positions (equally in the Central Office and Regional Offices);