A bastion of academic excellence in Mindanao.
Founded in October 1993, the DMMA College of Southern Philippines (DCSP) was initially called Davao Merchant Marine Academy located at Ecoland in Matina, Davao City. Its initial course offerings — BS Marine Transportation, BS Marine Engineering and Seafarers Rating Course have remained its flagship programs even as it opened other promising professional academic courses thereafter.
With a steadily increasing student population, the DMMA College of Southern Philippines moved to a larger location five years later in 1998. At present, it is nestled on top of Buhangin Hills on a rolling 5.2-hectare campus set in a peaceful and idyllic neighborhood which offers its clients secure and intellectually conducive environment for their academic pursuits.
The institution envisions an economically, socially and morally developed Mindanao and the Philippines as a whole. Its continuing program of enhancement, training and assessment has been laid out to ultimately improve the quality of life of its students, employees and all those affected in its sphere of operation. It has continuously provided its teachers, professors and the office staff and personnel the opportunity to further their studies and enhance their competencies through various seminars, workshops and trainings. It has been upgrading its computer facilities and systems. Year in and year out, it has undergone and passed several audit and assessment from reputable government and private accrediting institutions.
DCSP is the only white listed school in Region XI offering BS Marine Transportation and BS Marine Engineering that has “fully complied with STCW â€˜95 requirements for submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). A seal of excellence from the Det Norske Veritas (DNV), an international accreditation body for maritime institution, was received by the college in July 1999 making it the 11th maritime school in the whole world to have received such accreditation. DCSP also passed the evaluation conducted by the Norwegian Maritime Directorate in March 1999.
DCSP is also one of the seven maritime schools in the Philippines accredited by the Philippine Maritime Education and Training Foundation (PMF), the Philippine counterpart of the UK-based International Maritime Training Trust (IMTT). DCSP has been accredited by the Norwegian Shipownersâ€™ Association (NSA) in 2006 making itself the only institution in Mindanao and one of the five in the Philippines with NSA accreditation and grant scholarship program. Noteworthy is that, this is the only school in Mindanao with the state of the art facilityâ€”the full mission bridge and engine simulatorâ€”catering to the needs of Mindanaons aspiring to be better qualified seafareDCSP gives equal attention and priority to both its maritime and general education departments to ensure that the graduates will have competencies and capacities equal to that of the graduates of other top colleges and universities in the Region.
The College boasts of its impressive number of graduates who have already become full-fledged deck and engine officers today. Moreover, DCSPâ€™s BS Customs Administration graduates are also among the passers and topnotchers in the Licensure Examination for Custom Brokers
Today, DCSP has eight fully accredited program offerings: Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering, Seafarers Rating Course, Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Among the 140 maritime colleges throughout the country, DSCP is ranked as a top 4 maritime school according to the initial evaluation performed by the Commission on Higher Education using the standards of the International Maritime Organization. Owing to this fact is its recognition by shipping agencies all over the world as a college that produces top-caliber graduates. As such, its alumni now man international ships that sail the oceans to all major seaports of the world.
With the NSA Philippines Cadet Project Scholarship Program in DCSP, NSA Cadets enjoy free tuition and miscellaneous fees, and free food and dormitory. These cadets are also provided free scholastic and academic support and free trainings and upgrading courses, as well. Furthermore, these cadets are assured of employment under Norwegian- controlled fleets. Thus, they get to earn more as they travel the world for free.
DCSP also focuses its attention on the development of its Maritime Training and Assessment Center. DCSPâ€™s training program on Ship Simulator and Bridge Teamwork (SSBT), duly accredited by the Maritime Training Council, is an upgrading program for Marine Deck Officers which involves the use of the Full Mission Bridge Simulator to simulate ship handling and maneuvering scenarios with physical and virtual realism.
DCSP also provides its own students with in-house trainings to further develop their essential skills needed in the maritime profession. Hence, DCSP students are required to undergo trainings in Basic Safety, Ship Simulator Familiarization for deck cadets and Engine Room Simulator Familiarization for engine cadets.
Meanwhile, DCSPâ€™s Assessment Center, the only Maritime Assessment Center in Mindanao that is accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), caters to the processing and renewal of Certificates of Competency (COC) for Deck Rating.
It can be expected that more training and upgrading courses shall be offered by the DCSP Maritime Training Center in the future to answer the requirements of the maritime industry.
DCSP Culinary Arts Center was established to cater to the growing needs for ship cooks in the shipping industry. The center now boasts of its complete and state-of-the-art equipment, tools and amenities.
To date, the center has produced several batches of graduates from the two-month Culinary Training Program for Ship Cooks with majority of these graduates now on board different vessels. Meanwhile, the center is also a TESDA-accredited assessment center and as such, it issues National Certificates (NC-II) for Food and Beverage Service Attendant, Bartender, Commercial Cooking and Household Services. As the DCSP Culinary Arts Center is fast becoming known as a supplier of world-class and globally competent ship cooks, other shipping companies have also hired DCSPâ€™s products; hence, our graduates have a ready employment right after they have completed their training.
DCSP accorded its general education programs the same focus and support that it has been giving to its maritime programs. As more proof of the success of DCSPâ€™s General Education Division, DCSP has produced, in the recent years, a significant number of successful examinees and most especially, top placers, in the Licensure Exam for Customs Brokers. The success of DCSPâ€™s General Education Division is an outcome of strategic planning and research as well as intensified effort and commitment from both administration and academic departments of the college.
Flagship academic courses
The maritime programs of DCSP serve as a venue for the proper education and training of future Filipino seafarers for them to become better skilled and more competent than their counterparts from other Philippine maritime schools and from other seafarer-producing countries. Maritime cadets of DCSP undergo classroom instruction on the theoretical knowledge as well as practical and hands-on training on the various competencies associated with seafaring.
DCSP also provides its maritime students with facilities which will further enhance their learning and training. The maritime department is equipped with a Full Mission Bridge and Engine Simulator, simulation laboratories for navigation and for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System and Maritime communication laboratory. Moreover, the college employs maritime faculty members who have vast seagoing as well as teaching experience. With all these, students of the maritime programs are definitely assured of getting high quality education and training.
To further boost its flagship maritime programs, the DMMA College of Southern Philippines has acquired the first and only Full Mission Bridge and Engine Simulator in the entire Mindanao region. This state-of-the-art equipment allows the students to be trained in navigation and engine operations under varying climate conditions in an environment of virtual reality as enhanced with visual and auditory effects.