Mastering the maritime world from sea to shore
MOST, if not all, Filipino sailors may have encountered or heard the name “Ronald Enrile” at some point in their careers.
The veteran ship captain has worked in the crew and shipping industries since the early 1990s, at the height of the country’s workforce boom, when Filipinos dominated the international fleet. It was around this time that Enile finally decided to retire from the captain’s chair and master another skill: finding the best in a sea of sailors and deploying them for service on board.
“The first months of working ashore were difficult. There were many long days and sleepless nights until I learned to manage my time. Pressure has been a part of my job since my days at sea, but it was there when the feeling of fulfillment was strongest as I was able to train seafarers from their junior years until they became masters and chief engineers. It was rewarding, ”said Enrile of her experience working with Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC).
Enrile was a product of the prestigious Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) with a Diploma in Shipping with specialization in Shipping and Seamanship. After having sailed and mastered the high seas for more than a decade since 1981, he settled home to learn more about the maritime industry.
“I joined PTC in 1994 as a Marine Personnel Officer and worked my way up the corporate ladder until I was promoted to Senior Vice President of the Vessel Management Group,” he said. declared.
27 years of seafarer development and deployment have further strengthened Enile’s staffing expertise. His deep understanding of the peculiarities of the sector has strengthened his stance on education and training – he believes it all goes beyond paper.
“The employment of seafarers is not only based on the certificates they have,” Enrile said in agreement with the recent decision by the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) to do a level course in management non-compulsory training for seafarers.
The MLC was mandated by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in 2006 for seafarers who wish to become ships’ officers.
“In addition to their training, education and health certificates, Filipino seafarers undergo company assessment, written examination, technical interview and final assessment by the ship’s manager before their deployment on ships. They have to prove that they understand and can perform the responsibilities of the position they are applying for on board, ”he said.
These days, employers like Enrile are faced with ever-changing health protocols in international ports that make it difficult to change crews.
“Due to the pandemic, the challenge for the crew sector is to complete the crew change on time. Nonetheless, our efforts were successful in convincing the government to prioritize the inoculation of our seafarers, they are now under the A4 level priority list. This will speed up their deployment. “
Four decades after entering the maritime industry, Enrile still believes it was fate that brought him to the noble profession of a sailor. He was the first merchant seaman in his family. Years later, he found himself working for PTC, the company founded by Carlos Salinas, Goodwill Maritime Ambassador for the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
“I am very grateful to work for Ambassador Salinas who has helped me become who I am today,” said Enrile.
Behind all the accomplishments and accolades, however, is a man who sees himself simply as an ordinary person “with a big heart.” “Those who are close to me call me Bok. I also like playing sports and basketball is number one on my list, second is ten pin bowling and I am recently in golf,” he said. he concludes.