The Philippine Navy and the Citizen Support Your Navy Foundation Inc. launched the first ever Mobile Marine and Naval Centrum (MMNC) in the Philippines as part of the celebration of the Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month (MANA Mo) at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City on Tuesday September 25.
This project is an interagency initiative which included the efforts of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute and National Institue of Physics, Technological University of the Philippines, and Diskursong Teritoryo for concept, development, and execution. The project was supported by the Department of Science and Technology.
Navy Flag Officer in Command, Vice Adm. Robert A. Empedrad spearheaded the launching event along with CSYNFI Chairman, retired Vice Adm. Eduardo Santos. Other personalities gracing the event were legislator and environment champion, Sen. Loren Legarda, Dept. of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Pena, and some prominent members of the academe, maritime industry, and the defense sector.
The MMNC showcases more than 30 interactive exhibits on maritime resources, history, and security, with special emphasis on the role of the PN in securing the maritime interest of the country. Artworks featuring marine life and livelihood, and copy of the Murillo Velarde 1934 Map, regarded by historians as the “mother of all Philippine maps” are also featured during the event.