*Manila-Cebu-CDO-Cebu-Manila Route via M/V St. John Paul II and St. Leo the Great
**University of Cebu- Maritime Studies and Training Center
Prepared by: MR. JOHN MICHAEL C. IBARRA
With the emergence of global competitiveness in terms of skills development, Saint Mary’s University is truly leading in this endeavor. Ship/cruise business is just one among the dynamic sectors of the Tourism industry. In fact, a well-known marketing and business development expert in the United States Mr. BaldeoAsnanie says that more than 10, 000, 000 people take a cruise each year which is about 80% in the North American waters. As far as employability is concern, Justine Andres published his article in Destination Tips. Com mentioning that Filipinos are the most popular sailors in the world because of the rigorous training program and the country’s widespread efforts to educate young men as to the ways of the sea. Seemingly, recent surveys indicated that Filipino seamen account for more than 25% of merchant sailors currently working. That’s nearly half million currently employed. Indeed a published article in the Cruise Critics.com shares that in the Philippines, Royal Caribbean (one of the leading cruise line company in the world) regularly operates its recruitment programs. In this manner, the Apprenticeship-by-Experience (ApEx) or Shipboard Training with the Basic Training Course were opened to cater to the needs of manning the cruise line industry and to widen the exposure of Marian Hospitality Management students. Therefore, last May 20 to 23, 2017, SMU HM students were bound to Cebu City and Cagayan de Oro (vice versa) for the shipboard training on board the passenger ships of 2Go, namely M/V St. John Paul II and St. Leo the Great. Students were deployed on the different departments of the vessel such as: the galley (kitchen), room accommodation, restaurant, the quickmart and the front office. On the 3rd day the group landed at the City of Cebu for the Basic Training Course. The course is composed of four modules for nine days and these are: the Personal Survival Techniques; Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting; Elementary First Aid and Personal Safety; and Social Responsibility. In addition, two faculty in-charge (Mr. Noel Abiva and Mr. John Michael Ibarra) participated the Basic Training Course sponsored by St. Andrew Educational Services as part of the faculty development of the HTM department. Following on June 4, 2017 at 1:30pm, the group left Cebu City bound for Manila on board M/V St. Leo the Great.