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MARCH 11, 2015

NR # 3767

House panel approves bill modernizing the practice of naval architecture

The House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation has reported out for floor
deliberation a measure that promotes, regulates and protects the professional practice of naval
architecture in the country.
House Bill 5535, which substituted House Bill 3270, introduced by Rep. Jesulito A. Manalo
(Party-list, ANGKLA), updates and modernizes the existing law of naval architecture to develop
maritime competence.
Rep. Andres D. Salvacion, Jr. (3rd District, Leyte), chairperson of the Committee on Civil Service
and Professional Regulation, sponsored the bill, which shall promote maritime safety and competency
Under the bill to be known as the Naval Architecture Law, the issue of confusion with marine
engineering is addressed by deleting the same and solely using the term naval architecture in the title.
As defined under the bill, naval architecture refers to the hydrodynamic and hull form
characteristics of the ship, the structural design of the hull, its maneuverability characteristics and its
ability to operate in the marine environment.
It necessarily includes marine engineering which is primarily concerned with the engineering
systems including the main propulsion plant, the powering and mechanical aspect of ship functions such
as steering, anchoring, cargo handling, heating, ventilation, airconditioning, electrical power generation
and distribution and communications.
The bill also deals with relevant issues and concerns with regard to the design, construction,
maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures as well as its machinery and engineering
Another key provision of the bill is that it defines, among others the essential minimum
requirements for the practice of naval architecture, as well as the continuing professional development
required to maintain the professional licenses.
Also, the measure ensures that the practice of naval architecture conforms to the international
laws such as the conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other maritime
Authors of the bill include Manalo, Salvacion and Reps. Carlos M. Padilla (Lone District, Nueva
Vizcaya), Leopoldo N. Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan), Leah S. Paquiz (Party-list, ANG NARS),
Jonathan A. Dela Cruz (Party-list, ABAKADA-GURO), Evelio R. Leonardia (Lone District, Bacolod
City), Isidro T. Ungab (3rd District, Davao), JC Rahman A. Nava (Lone District, Guimaras), Pryde Henry
A. Teves (3rd District, Negros Oriental), Mariano U. Piamonte, Jr. (Party-list, A-TEACHER), Erlinda M.
Santiago (Party-list, 1-SAGIP), Angelina DL. Tan (4 th District, Quezon), Henry S. Oaminal (2 nd District,
Misamis Occidental), Raul V. Del Mar (1 st District, Cebu City), Ronald M. Cosalan (Lone District,
Benguet), Jorge T. Almonte (1st District, Misamis Occidental), Lucy T. Gomez (4 th District, Leyte),
Joaquin M. Chipeco, Jr. (2nd District, Laguna) and Emi G. Calixto-Rubiano (Lone District, Pasay City).
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