Nine years after it was founded, Southfield Agencies, Inc. (SFAI) is recognized by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) as Top Performer in the Philippine Manning Industry in 2002. The award is given every three years and for the second consecutive time, SFAI was again awarded as POEA Top Performer in 2005. SFAI adopts a holistic view on seafarer development by providing training that enhances technical skills, communication ability and safe working practices founded on behavioural training. Their Training Foundation has an array of lecture type and computer simulation based programs that offer courses over and above the Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping requirements for seafarers.


UMak and SFAI will develop an academic/professional program towards acquiring Bachelor of Science degrees in Marine Transportation (BS MT) and Marine Engineering (BS ME). Moreover, SFAI will also offer on-the-job training to enrich the academic training of UMak students and give them an insight into the operation of government and private offices.