Students of the Deck Specialization Course (DSC) Class 18-2016 visited the Hydrography Branch of NAMRIA for an Information and Program Visit (IPV) last October 14.
The DSC Class 18-2016 is composed of thirty-eight enlisted personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard who are undergoing education and training as part of their promotion to the next higher rank.
The IPV to Hydrography Branch aims to provide Coast Guardians with a much better appreciation and deeper understanding of the mandates, products, and activities of NAMRIA – Hydrography Branch.
Lieutenant Commander Carter S Luma-ang welcomed the DSC Class 18-2016 and formally opened the IPV. In his opening remarks, he emphasized the close collaboration between the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Hydrography Branch.
Mr. Norelius Baloran discussed about the importance of tides and currents and how it can affect the operations of the floating assets of the PCG.
Engr. Fortunato Bancolo III discussed about the various aspects of NAMRIA’s nautical charts, particularly the standards used in chart making, the process of creating the nautical charts, and its importance to navigation.
SN2 Roel Macayan then talked about the electronic navigational charts (ENC). He explained the differences of the paper charts with the ENCs.
Finally, Lt Aaron Andro Ching gave a brief introduction on notices to mariners and the Philippine maritime zones.
After the lectures, the Coast Guardians toured the facilities of the Nautical Charting Division, Physical Oceanography Division, and the Printing Section to have a better appreciation the activities of the Hydrography Branch.
The Coast Guard personnel were given additional information regarding the chart production and the processing of tidal data. They also saw, first hand, the equipment being used by the Hydrography Branch in fulfilling its mandate.