Midway Colleges Incorporated Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Sabino Czar C. Manglicmot II took oath as the new President of the Philippine Association of Maritime Institution (PAMI). The historic virtual oath taking ceremony was made possible via Zoom conference last 29 April 2021. Dr. J. Prospero De Vera III, DPA, Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) led the ceremony and inducted the new officers.
The elections for the PAMI Board of Trustees and Executive Officers for the term 2021-2023 took place last 18 February 2021 via on-line voting. Other top positions filled in by the newly elected officers are Chairman of the Board by Engr. Felix M. Oca as and Secretary-General by Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro.
Mr. Manglicmot served as the association’s Executive Vice-President (2019 – 2021) and as Regional-Network Vice-President for NCR and Northern Luzon (2017 – 2019) before being elected to the highest office.
In his acceptance speech, the new President said that he is aspiring for PAMI to carry on being pro-active in the development of maritime education in the Philippines. He noted that the Commission on Higher Education or CHED can consider PAMI as a partner. “ PAMI and CHED are united by the same overall objectives. Both organizations seek to enable conditions that will elevate teaching and learning in maritime higher education institutes (MHEIs) and maritime training institutes (MTIs) as they navigate through ongoing issues and emerging challenges”, he asserts.
Midway’s CEO envisions a future emphasizing PAMI’s work on technical cooperation and capacity building in support of global competency and proficiency for the Philippine maritime industry. He likewise recognizes additional opportunities offered by new technology in support of PAMI’s goals. He aims to utilize these opportunities and technologies in decision-making and coming up with better responses than those previously made in rising over challenges such as covid19.