A progressive approach to change and leadership

LEADERS, doers and doers on the Maritime Business Authority (Marina) have come and gone since its inception in 1974. The company has undergone main modifications since then, with generations of individuals serving to to steer it in direction of progress.

Sonia Malaluan was amongst those that stayed and witnessed Marina’s development from being purely an promoting and improvement company to develop into the one maritime administration within the nation.

She joined Marina in late 1989 as a administration and audit analyst, at a time when transport and transport was thriving within the Philippines. Nonetheless, there was no sailor in her household. When requested what drives her ardour for the ocean, she candidly answered that “at first there was nothing”.

What made Malaluan so distinctive is their excessive requirements of labor.

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Sonia Malaluan, Assistant Marina Administrator for Planning REPORTED PHOTO

Sonia Malaluan, Assistant Marina Administrator for Planning REPORTED PHOTO

Sonia Malaluan, Assistant Marina Administrator for Planning REPORTED PHOTO

“My ardour is excellence at work. I at all times give 101 p.c in each job that’s assigned to me. I do not cease once I’m drained, I solely cease when the work is completed,” she mentioned.

Malaluan is a particularly introverted particular person, which is without doubt one of the causes she has a powerful focus free from the distractions of office drama. She is a type of individuals who favor to work behind the scenes and out of the limelight.

This enables Malaluan to look at folks and conditions from afar and see issues from a broader perspective. Not like the everyday worker who has developed a blind allegiance to their firm after a long time of service, she selected to see actuality pushed by time and circumstance. From there, she decides to take the trail of progress.

When Marina was inundated with waves of consideration and scrutiny after being named the Philippines’ solely maritime administration in 2014, Malanuan was not amongst those that instantly got here ahead to defend themselves. A long time of administrative duties at Marina have opened her eyes to the seemingly abrupt reluctance and criticism of finish customers when modifications are applied by the company. Nonetheless, she stood by her group by being guided by constructive views.

“I imagine {that a} clear and participatory method may also help earn the belief of our stakeholders when implementing new insurance policies, guidelines and rules. The well timed and constant dissemination of knowledge can also be vital to a greater understanding and appreciation of the rationale, targets and advantages of any new coverage,” mentioned Malaluan.

9 years after the promulgation of Republic Act 10635 and 6 directors, Marina continues to be inundated with criticism from seafarers and stakeholders.

Whereas rising suspicious of the pressures concerned, Malaluan has come to grasp that change brings with it heightened expectations and criticism from stakeholders, politicians, the worldwide maritime group and the general public.

Nonetheless, this stuff do not hassle her as a lot because the selfish folks in her office.

“The toughest a part of the job is workplace politics, the place workers use authority, place, or designations for private causes or pursuits,” she revealed.

The onerous work, integrity and knowledge she took from her Marina mentors carried her via 32 years of service within the maritime trade.

She was closely influenced by the late Paciencio “Boi” Balbon, former Assistant Administrator Elenita Delgado, Administrators Ric Romero, Arhleen Romero and Myrna Calag, and former Administrator Maria Elena Bautista-Horn, amongst others.

“They’ve demonstrated humility, regardless of their positions/designations, selfless dedication and dedication as public servants, and most significantly, professionalism and integrity in discharging their duties and duties.”

Malaluan has held senior positions on the company together with OIC Assistant Administrator for Planning and Director of the Marina Regional Workplace-Nationwide Capital Area.

She performed an necessary position in a number of organizational modifications on the Marina, together with the event and issuance of related implementation tips, guidelines and rules; and the elaboration of the Marina Roadmap for the event of the nation’s home maritime trade as a part of the 10-year Maritime Business Improvement Program.

Final 12 months she was appointed Marina’s OIC Administrator.

Nonetheless, behind all of the skilled and respectable persona her friends see is an individual who enjoys touring with a pal or two, tending to their vegetation and devoting themselves to images.

“I am additionally a loyal and beneficiant pal and a loving Lola to my sister’s grandchildren,” she mentioned. “I’m enthusiastic about images and travelling. It helps maintain my work-life stability,” she added.