Pursuant to Republic Act No. 10635 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) and the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, as amended, the following rules are hereby adopted, to wit:
1. To prescribe the rules, standards and procedures for implementation of the Enhanced Support Level Programs (ESLP) for certification of seafarers as Ratings Forming Part of a Watch and Ratings as Able Seafarer, which aims to:
1.1. Produce competent seafarers at the deck support level and enable the acquisition of the skills and knowledge needed by such seafarers to accomplish their future duties, tasks and responsibilities pursuant to STCW Regulations II/4, II/5, VI/1, VI/2.1 VI/6, part of II/1 and the National Standard Requirements;
1.2. Produce competent seafarers at the engine support level and enable the acquisition of the skills and knowledge needed by such seafarers to accomplish their future duties, tasks and responsibilities pursuant to STCW Regulations III/4, III/5, VI/1, VI/6, part of III/1 and National Standard Requirements;
1.3. Enhance the training of seafarers at the deck and engine support level through exposure to general education and technical courses at the college level (e.g. plane and spherical trigonometry, speech communication with IMO SMCP, computer applications and networking); and
1.4. Provide an option for maritime higher education institutions (MHEIs) under the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to convert their BS programs into the ESLP and produce qualifications at other levels that are aligned with the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF);
2. To ensure complete, effective and timely compliance with the 1978 STCW Convention, as amended.