Area of Jurisdiction


Maritime Regional Office

4th Floor Arguelles Building

402 E. Lopez St., Jaro, Iloilo City 5000

Telephone No. (033) 329-4180

Fax No. (033) 329-4188


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Ms. Mary Ann Armi Z. Arcilla

Regional Director

Cellphone No.: (0918) 863-1486

Pager No.: 141-157-567


Extension Office:





The Iloilo Maritime Regional Office (IMRO) – Maritime Industry Authority – VI (MARINA – VI), with an office address at 4th Floor Arguelles Bldg. E. Lopez St., Jaro, Iloilo City, was established on 29 September 1988 by virtue of Special Order No. 16 of the Maritime Industry Authority in consonance with the thrust of the government to bring economical and closer service to the public. The Bacolod Extension Office (BEO), with an office address at corner Rosario-Gatuslao Sts., Bacolod City was established in January 1995 to assist the maritime regional office in its thrust and responsibilities.

As of year1999, the Iloilo Maritime Regional Office, headed by a Regional Director, is composed of twenty one (21) staff distributed among five (5) line offices, namely, Domestic Shipping/Franchising Section, Manpower Development Section, Maritime Safety Section, Shipbuilding/Ship Repair Section and Administrative and Finance Section.



The MARINA VI has jurisdiction over six (6) provinces and four (4) cities viz, Iloilo, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Iloilo City, Passi City, Roxas City and Bacolod City, respectively.



The primary functions of IMRO are:

  1. Issue Special Permits/Provisional Authority to uncontested original applications for Certificates of Public Convenience:

  2. Issue authority to import marine engines, spare parts and other vessel appurtenances;

  3. Conduct hearing of CPC applications;

  4. Issue Show Cause Orders/Cease and Desist Orders;

  5. Issue endorsement of STCW Certificates and rating certificates for seafarers engaged in inter-island/coastwise trade pursuant to the provisions of the STCW 1978 Convention;

  6. Conduct inspection to both ocean-going and domestic vessels in accordance with the STCW 1978 Convention;

  7. Issue original (Class B & C) licenses and renew SBSR licenses.

Pursuant to the provisions of Executive Order Nos. 125/125-A, Secretary Jesus B. Garcia, Jr. of DOTC has issued a memorandum dated September 7, 1994, directing the MARINA to discharge the following functions:

  1. Issue and register the continuous discharge book of Filipino seamen or the Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB);

  2. Register vessels as well as issue certificates, licenses or documents necessary thereto;

  3. Undertake the safety regulatory functions pertaining to vessel construction and operation of manning levels and issue certificates of competency to seamen;

  4. Undertake the issuance of licenses to qualified seamen and harbor, bay and river pilots.

MARINA implemented and discharges the above functions effective November 1994 up to the present.

The presence of one (1) Coast Guard District, five (5) Coast Guard Stations, fifteen (15) substations/detachments and fifteen (15) clearing outpost in Region VI also contribute so much in the enforcement of maritime laws, the prevention and control of vessels violating the maritime safety rules and regulations.