READ: MARINA on the scam concerning the missing seafarer Certificates of Proficiency (COPs)
The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) wishes to inform the public, especially the Filipino seafarers, that the agency is doing all the necessary and proper actions relative to the missing Certificates of Proficiency (COPs) illegally used by a maritime assessment center, which ceased operations in 2017.
The MARINA does not and will not tolerate any unscrupulous act by any of its employees, officers, or any maritime entity.
The scam concerning missing COPs started in 2015. To date, MARINA has recovered almost a thousand fraudulent certificates out of the 2,441 released by the involved assessment center.
To avoid the recurrence of such illegal activity, the MARINA has improved its information technology (IT) system where the serial numbers of missing COPs were encoded. The agency has also coordinated with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to ensure that appropriate criminal charges are filed against those involved individuals and/or organizations.
On the administrative aspect, the MARINA had already suspended MARINA employees who were involved in the scam. The last hearing of the case was on 6 July 2018 and a decision is expected to be promulgated soon.
Moreover, the MARINA is in constant coordination with manning agencies to provide assistance in identifying the seafarers issued with fraudulent COPs.
Finally, the MARINA is working on a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate and file cases against individuals involved in illegal activities. This is to ensure that the needs of our Filipino seafarers are attended to, as well as the integrity and authenticity of statutory certificates issued to them, under the authority of the Republic of the Philippines.