DMMA College of Southern Philippines was established in October 1993 which was then known as Davao Merchant Marine Academy. Within 5.2-hectare land boasts of several important infrastructures: the five-storey Castañeda Building, two (2) three-storey Maritime Building for Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering Department housed with training laboratory spaces, two-storey Deck and Engine Simulator Building equipped with latest modern equipments and training workstations, IMO-standard swimming pool constructed with Replica of Seamanship Deck, the two-storey Culinary Arts Center Building, three-storey in-housed scholars Dormitory Building, learning-friendly classrooms and other amenities that ensures quality education for all students.
After 20 years of operation, the remarkable growth established solid reputation not only in the maritime industry but also in the whole academic world in general as it now offers the following courses: BS Marine Transportation, BS Marine Engineering, Able Seafarers’ Deck and Engine, Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management major in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Services NC II (HRTS II).
As proof of its solid reputation in the Maritime Industry, DCSP gained world-class status as it is accredited by the following international accreditation body for Maritime Institutions: Det Norske Veritas (DNV); Norwegian Maritime Directorate Evaluation and Philippine Maritime Education and Training Foundation (PMF), Philippine counterpart of UK-based International Maritime Training Trust (IMTT). Not only that, DCSP is the only Maritime Institution in Region XI found in the white list of schools which have “fully complied with STCW ’95 requirements for submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)”, identified by Memorandum Order No. 34 of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Furthermore, DCSP is also accredited and granted by Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) its scholarship program for Maritime Education. In 2009, DCSP established financial partnership with Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) Endowment for Education Program (DEEP) by granting scholarships to best and brightest Filipino youth from low income families who wish to pursue a degree in Maritime Education and Culinary Training Program for Ship Cooks. The DCSP Maritime Training and Assessment Center (MTAC) has also been accredited and approved by Maritime Training Council (MTC), CHED and TESDA to issue Certificate of Competency on various training courses offered as well.
The College also boasts of its graduates who have already become full-pledged Deck and Engine Officers after achieving remarkable results in licensure examinations. DCSP also takes pride in its graduates from BS Customs Administration who passed and became top notchers in the Custom Brokers Licensure Examination. Top hotels, restaurants and shipping companies in the country and abroad are the open grounds for BS Hospitality Management and HRTS graduates in showcasing their competencies and skills. BS Computer Science and BS Information Technology graduates are hired fast both in business and government sectors that demands their expertise on this field.
With the phenomenal growth that it has achieved after all these years, we can expect far greater things from this organization in the years to come. Truly, the DMMA College of Southern Philippines is serious and determined in taking great steps to further the name and reputation that it has established in the field of education, training and assessment through joint effort and innate excellent quality of all its employees. All the people behind this institution, with their great resolve and strong willpower, will continue to make DCSP a world-class learning and training institution.