DMMA College of Southern Philippines inaugurates new dormitory for scholars

AS IT caters to a growing number of students, Davao Merchant Marine Academy (DMMA) College of Southern Philippines (DMMACSP), formerly known as Davao Merchant Marine Academy, has opened an additional dormitory to accommodate scholars from its Norwegian Shipowners Association. (NSA) Philippine Cadet Program.

“The administration has decided to invest in a new dormitory, as part of its commitment to continually make improvements and provide better accommodations for future great sailors of the world.” Gloria Uriarte, college president of DMMACSP, said.

Uriarte said the two-story dormitory is a milestone for the institution as this project took considerable time from planning to approval.

The new building, according to Uriarte, will replace the original NSA cadet dormitory, which is relatively old and was built in 2006 to house the first cohort of NSA cadets. The new dormitory is well designed and modern.

It is expected that the establishment of the dormitory will be done by August this year.


Students at DMMACSP, which is affiliated with the NSA’s Maritimes Institution of Higher Education (MHEI), have access to the NSA’s Philippine Cadet Program.

“We have had this partnership since 2006, and we love to grow and work closely with you and we are very happy to have your cooperation,” said Captain Knut Bentzrod, Deputy Director of Norwegian Training Center-Manila.

To date, approximately 772 scholarship recipients have benefited from this program.

Qualified scholars enjoy free tuition and miscellaneous fees, free books, and free meals and accommodation. Fellows also receive educational materials, free training, and free uniforms.

Bentzrod said only two schools have benefited from this program in the Philippines. The NSA scholarship program is exclusive to DMMACSP in Mindanao.

DMMACSP joined the NSA’s Philippine Cadet Program in 2006, offering only the Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation program to deserving and qualified students, but a year later they added the Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering.

Filipino citizens and high school graduates or graduate students are qualified for the scholarship.

DMMACSP is now accepting online entrance exam applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. The online exam, which will only last 40 minutes, will end on August 15, 2022.

Quality facilities

THE DMMACSP, founded in October 1993, provides quality maritime education to students in Mindanao and across the country. Its quality education is supported by its world-class facilities – the five-story Castañeda building, two three-story maritime buildings for the shipping and marine engineering departments which house training laboratory spaces, a two-story bridge and an engine simulator building fitted with the latest modern equipment and training workstations, IMO-standard swimming pool built with a replica of the seamanship deck and a two-storey Culinary Arts Center building.

The school has also achieved world-class status through its accreditation by the following international accreditation bodies for maritime institutions: Det Norske Veritas (DNV); Assessment by the Norwegian Maritime Directorate and Philippine Maritime Education and Training Foundation (PMF), the Philippine counterpart to the UK-based International Maritime Training Trust (IMTT).

DMMACSP is the only maritime institution in the Davao region to be on the Higher Education Commission’s whitelist of schools that have “completely met the STCW ’95 requirements for submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) “, as the Higher Education Commission states. Education Memorandum Order No. 34.

DMMACSP students have the opportunity to grow in the industry thanks to the school’s quality programs and world-class facilities. (PR)

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