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Philippine Merchant Marine Academy

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      • San Narciso, Zambales, Philippines
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The academy was established during the Spanish rule of the Philippines as the Escuela Nautica de Manila (Nautical School of Manila) by a royal decree issued January 1, 1820, by King Ferdinand VII of Spain through the recommendation of the Spanish Consulate of Commerce. It was then inaugurated on April 5, 1820 at Calle Cabildo in Intramuros, Manila. In 1863, the school was relocated to Calle San Juan de Letran, then to Calle de Palacio in 1884 and then to Binondo, Manila in 1898. The academy was temporarily closed during the Philippine Revolution. The 1898 Treaty of Paris ended the Spanish-American War and resulted in the cession of the Philippines to the United States. Under American occupation the academy was reopened on December 15, 1899 and renamed the Nautical School of the Philippine Islands again moving, to the U.S. Navy Warehouse at Calle Sta. Elena in San Nicolas, with Spanish as the medium of instruction. [1]

Later the academy was converted into the Philippine Nautical School. In 1913, it was reopened upon representations of progressive firms and was placed under the Philippine School for Arts and Trades located at Arroceros Street, Manila, then later moved to Roberts Street, Pasay City. During World War I, classes were suspended under the Japanese occupation of Japan. After the liberation of Philippines and the establishment of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, the academy was placed under the supervision of Captain Francisco Castañeda. In 1963, R.A. 3680 converted the Philippine Nautical School into the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy and changed its course offerings to offer Bachelor of Science degrees. It was relocated at Fort Bonifacio, Makati City, in 1968. From then on, it was placed under the Department of Transportation and Communications. In 1996, it was placed directly under the supervision of the Commission on Higher Education. On February 2, 1998, PMMA was transferred to its current location at San Narciso, Zambales. [1]

On June 26, 2002, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed an agreement between the governments of the Philippines and Germany through the development bank KfW. Under the agreement, KfW was to provide financial and technical assistance to the PMMA, including new equipment, infrastructure developments (including a new training center), and faculty training and development. On February 27, 2004, the foundation was laid for the construction of the PMMA Safety Training Center. The following year, project was completed with the installation of the full bridge and engine room simulator and other equipment manufactured by Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, and the delivery of a laboratory ship, RPLS Juan Luna, now berthed at the Safety Training Center pier. In 2005, there were charges of bribery and racketeering related to the Safety Training Center construction, leading to hearings in 2006 and spring 2007 in the Congress of the Philippines. This ended with the recommendation to suspend any further payments to KfW and the German contractor. [1]

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    • Mangohig, Quintin Abangan (February 2003 - Present)
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