Speaker for Expo Maritime Philippines 2023 Flagstate and Shipbuilder Convention


Engr. Sammuel Lim


Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Inc.

Engr. Sammuel T. Lim holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from NAMEI Polytechnic Institute, Manila. He graduated Cum Laude in 1983 and set a record by topping the Philippine Licensure Examination for Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the same year.

Mary Ann Ibuna Pastrana

EVP & Treasurer

Archipelago Philippines Ferries Corporation

She is the current evp and treasurer of archipelago philippines ferries corp (2002- present, operators of fastcat ferries and current vice president of the Women in Maritime Philippines (WIMAPHIL).

Atty. Brenda V. Pimentel


She has for more than forty-years been dealing with the maritime industry: in government (for the Maritime Industry Authority), in regional and international maritime spheres (for the International Maritime Organization), industry (for the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions), civil society (for the Women in Maritime-Philippines, Movement for Maritime Philippines, and the Manila Times). Her knowledge and expertise on the state of affairs relating to flag states and ship registries were drawn from her extensive engagement with thes various maritime stakeholders.

Mark Matthew Francisco Parco

Mark Parco has over 30 years of experience in Shipping. He has worked in the domestic shipping industry as the COO of 2Go Group Inc. and AVP of Lorenzo Shipping Corporation. He has wide experience in International Container shipping with country leadership position for APL in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Indonesia. He was part of the team that launched the first all-water direct service connecting Asia to the US East Coast via the Suez canal. He worked at the Corporate office in Singapore focusing on the Sales process. He implemented the ‘sales variable compensation’ for the global sales teams and took the lead in ‘sales force automation’. He headed the APL global pricing team responsible for Global Bids and Contracts which flows into APL’s Global Tariff. He also worked with one of the largest manning agencies in the world.

Precila C. Jara

Officer in charge, Overseas Shipping Service Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)

Shipyards Regulation Service Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)

She is the Officer in Charge, of Overseas Shipping Services since August 2020, the Office handling the international coordination of the MARINA. She stated her career at MARINA in 1994 at Domestic Shipping Service and was promoted in 1996 at the Overseas Shipping Service to higher and challenging positions exposing her to international affairs and foreign studies. She has been with MARINA for more than 28 years. Head/member of several Technical Working Group TWG.

Ramon C. Hernandez


Shipyards Regulation Service Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)

He is also known as “Mon” and a civil engineer by profession, is a driven individual with a strong sense of professionalism, and holds a great deal of experience in maritime affairs at the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in which he is currently the Director II of the Shipyards Regulation Service. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila in 1986, and has obtained a professional license as a Civil Engineer.

Mary Ann I. Pastrana

She is the Chairperson of Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corporation, owner and operator of FastCat fleet, Executive Vice-President of CAPP Industries Inc. a bulk material trader and President of Archipelago Seafarers Training Institute. Pastrana holds a post-graduate diploma in Executive Maritime Management from the World Maritime University, and a Master’s Degree in Maritime Education & Training from Philippine Merchant Academy of the Philippines. Mrs. Pastrana gladly makes time to provide assistance and guidance to other developmental programs and socially progressive advocacies in the Philippines and across the globe. She is most proud to be a wife to Christopher Pastrana, a mother to 4 adult children, a mother in law, and a doting grandmother to a toddler and an incoming baby girl.

Sabino Czar Cloma Manglicmot II

He is the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Vice President of Midway Colleges, Inc., whose flagship program is maritime studies. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of PMI Colleges, Inc. Mr. Manglicmot II, is a member of the STCW Advisory of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), a board member of the National Maritime Polytechnic of the Philippines (NMP) in Tacloban, Leyte. and concurrently, he is on the helm, ready to stir the gale in a rather challenging voyage as the Vice-Chairperson and President of the Philippine Association of Maritime Industry (PAMI). As the leader of this prestigious organization, he is at the forefront of engaging and collaborating with different stakeholders, instituting changes, and advocating positive reforms in the maritime industry through education.

Capt. Gaudencio Morales


Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP)

He is the current president of the Filipino Association for Mariners Employment (FAME) President of Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP) and recently founded the Philippine Association of Coastal and Inland Water Ferries Inc.

Vicente Suazo

Businessman & Philanthropist

Former Administrator Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)

Businessman and Philanthropist Former General Manager - Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Former Administrator Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Vic Suazo has an extensive and impressive experience in government service having served as head honcho of both PPA and MARINA. He was given “PARANGAL” by the Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, before the end of her term, for having served the Government during her Presidency as one of her Appointees in four different positions in three Government Agencies.


Capt. Juan Eduardo Maltez Pazmino

General Director

Seafarers for Panama Maritime Authority

He is a Nautical Sciences Engineer with specialization in Maritime Administration and Transportation. Graduated from Columbus University. He has completed higher studies, specializing in Germany, England and the United States. Worked as a pilot in the ports of DECAL Terminal in Taboguilla Island, Melones Terminal in Isla Melones, Amador, STS in the Bay of Panama, and Aguadulce Port. At present, he is the General Director of Seafarers for Panama Maritime Authority.

VDAM Robert A. Empedrad AFP (Ret

Flag Officer in Command

Philippine Navy 2017 to 2020

He is retired Chief of the Philippine Navy who modernized the Philippine Navy under his watch as its 37th Flag officer in Command (FOIC). Currently, he is the Administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), most admired for moving the entire industry in instituting major changes during the global health crisis. He finished his college education in Civil Engineering Courses at St. Louis University, Military Courses at PMA, Baguio City and his Master Degree in Business Administration at Philippine Christian University, Philippines and other courses in other countries. As Chief of the Philippine Navy, VADM Robert A. Empedrad was responsible for the modernization of the Philippine Navy with the acquisition of several defense equipment. Otherwise, he commanded various ships and naval task forces in the Philippine Navy. VADM Robert A. Empedrad, as the administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority, he transformed the entire industry through good governance, openness and transparency.

Robert Arugay Empedrad

Flag Officer in Command

Philippine Navy 2017 to 2020

He is a retired Philippine Navy admiral who served as the administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority under the Duterte administration. He previously served as the Flag Officer-in-Comand of the Philippine Navy from 2017-2020.

Cong. Marissa “Del Mar” Magsino

Congresswoman Marissa “Del Mar” Magsino has long been a Champion of our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) since she was the host of the television show, Buhay OFW. Despite her decorated career as an artist, TV host, and businesswoman, she decided to serve our OFWs in a bigger capacity to achieve deeper and lasting changes to the lives of our kababayans. Last May 2022, she ran as the first nominee of the One Filipinos Worldwide or OFW Party List and became the only legislator representing the sector in the 19th Congress and the only LADY legislator ever to become a party list representative of OFWs.

Marcial Q. Amaro III

Nautical Inspector & Auditor

Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry

He is the formerly Administrator Head of Maritime Industry Authority or MARINA. He is also a Nautical Inspector and auditor at the Liberian International ship and corporate Registry.