What does being a Fellow of the IMarEST mean to you?
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology is a prestigious international membership body and learned society for professionals operating in the area of engineering, marine, science and technology with noble advocacy of sustaining, managing and developing marine resources and activities beneficial for the humanity. The fellowship is the highest professional accolade provided by the IMarEST. Recognizing and accepting me as one with them in upholding the status, standards, and knowledge of marine professionals worldwide is truly an honor and very meaningful for me.
What advice would you give to young marine professionals?
For all those who are currently studying or just starting out in their careers, I advise you to join the Institute and avail yourself of the vast opportunities provided to you by them. Access the free learning resources on the website to further support your studies or professional development by keeping up to date with trends in maritime. Get more insight into the maritime industry and be updated with changes that could impact on your role. Being an IMarEST member will widen your perspective and will also enhance your networking opportunities with maritime experts who would be happy to mentor and assist you in your career pathway.
Can you tell us a bit about your career?
I am a graduate of the Philippine Maritime Academy. I finished my MS in Computer Systems Management at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, USA. I am an alumnus of Ateneo De Manila, having finished both my secondary education and graduated with a Master of Business Administration. I completed a Naval Command Course at the US Naval War College, Newport Rhode Isle, and the USA. I was 22nd Chief of the Philippine Navy as Flag Officer in Command, Philippine Navy (1996-1999), responsible for the modernization of the Philippine Fleet. I also served as Vice Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; Commander of the Philippine Coast Guard, Fifth Coast Guard District (1989-1990); Chief of Naval Intelligence of the Philippine Navy (1994-1996); and Manager of the premier and busiest port in the Philippines, the Port of Manila (1980-1984). Upon retirement from public life, I became the pioneer President of the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific in 1999, a position I still hold. I also serve as Executive Vice President of the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP).
More information on achievements (Reference: Dr. Angelica M Baylon, pioneer Director of MAAP):
In the military, Vadm Santos was awarded two Legion of Honor Awards, five Distinguished Service Stars, an Outstanding Achievement Medal, two Distinguished Navy Crosses, and 14 Military Merit Medals. In the academe (1999 to date), VAdm Santos is a recipient of a number of recognitions in Research, Extension Services and Maritime Education & Training (MET) because of the various accomplishments of MAAP under his, directives, guidance and admirable leadership.
He is recognized as an honorary member of the National Research Council of the Philippines with MAAP as the first maritime school provided such honor. MAAP is also the first maritime school awarded by NRCP grants for its research projects with policy implications. He is honorary adviser of the Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementers (PAEPI Global). He heads many social and professional organizations in the country: President of the Bagong Bayani Foundation for OFWs, Chairman of Association of Norcontrol Simulator Users of the Philippines, President/Chair of the Nautical Institute (NI) Philippine Branch; President/Chair of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMAREST) the Philippines and President Chair of the Institute of Maritime Management of the Royal Institute of Singapore. He is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, London, Fellow of the Institute Of Marine Engineering Science and Technology, London and also the Vice-Chair of GlobalMET, Australia. VAdm Eduardo Ma R Santos, AFP (Ret), is also recognized as one of the AUSN International Visiting Professor of Oceans and Maritime Affairs by the American University of Sovereign Nations (AUSN) Arizona USA. He is also an Honorary adviser of the Asian Marine Educators Association or AMEA
He continues innovating lots of Maritime Education and Training (MET) academic projects which are being implemented by MAAP and shared with the rest of the maritime schools in the Philippines. MAAP is number one in the PRC board passers for the past 6 years and is a recipient of more than 300 recognitions, commendations, and awards from various agencies both local and in the global arena. To name a few: In 2011, he was honored with an “Asian Research Leadership Award” by the International Association of Multi-disciplinary Research (IAMURE). He was also accorded the top “Timonel” 2014 award by the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) for “raising the bar of academic excellence through sustained efforts in providing ‘qualified’ and ‘competent’ marine officers and seafarers, that largely helps in uplifting Philippine maritime education and training system.”
On August 12, 2015, VAdm. Santos is recognized with an “Exemplary Leadership Award” by the CMO Asia’s Excellence in Education 2015 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore and also by the 3rd Business School Asia’ Educational Excellence Award 2015 at Taj Lands Ends Mumbai India on November 25, 2015.
On Sept 30,2017 , during the 13th International Conference and Conferment Ceremony , organized by the Royal Institution of Singapore and Royal Institution Philippines at Whiterock Beach Hotel , Subic Zambales Philippines , VAdm Santos is conferred with two prestigious awards : the “Honorary Fellow”, a lifetime honor in recognition of his excellent contributions and achievements as an outstanding administrator , leader, educator , among others and the “Doctor Fellow of the Royal Institute of Maritime Management Singapore” , a professional award that authorizes him to use FDr. before his name. These are the highest recognitions conferred for the first time in the field of Maritime by RI Singapore. He is also appointed pioneer President of the Royal Institute of Maritime management, Singapore and a member of the RI Senior Advisory Council.
On November 6, 2017, VAdm Santos was honored as Fellow of the Institute Of Marine Engineering Science and Technology or FIMAREST held at the Crew Connect held at Sofitel Hotel
MAAP under the exemplary, innovative, visionary leadership of VAdm Santos continues to pioneer with its new wave of excellence in maritime education and training in the Asia Pacific Region and beyond.