One outfit we’d like to see succeed in the dog-eat-dog world of Philippine maritime training is COMPASS Training Center. As we wrote in our blog post last year, the centre is owned by a group that’s made up mostly of merchant marine professionals and it has a different outlook. Profit-wise, COMPASS appears to be still struggling. Manning agents and their foreign principals, however, would do well to patronise it if they want to help re-shape the local training landscape. Now’s a good time as any for them to do so.

COMPASS has just announced its Walk-In/Cash-Basis Promo, which runs from 14th March to 30th June 2011. Walk-in and company-endorsed trainees get substantial discounts on course fees. The promotional rates do not apply to welding courses and dollar-rate courses (such as TOTs and MRM) and in cases where the fees are charged to company accounts with a 15- or 30-payment period. For further details, call (632) 5362368/ 5362158 or email sales_coordinator@compass.ph

With or without the promo rates, we’d gladly endorse COMPASS. Many of the other training centres we know are just out to separate the seafarers from their money. ~Barista Uno

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