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Taking it One Step at a Time: PH Maritime Will Have a Central Agency for Filipino Seafarers Soon

Slowly but surely; the approval of a single Philippine maritime agency is now taking its baby steps towards victory as the bill seeking a central administrative body to handle, issue and validate seafarer trainings and certifications is approved in the second reading in the Philippine congress.  


That is just a slice of the cake, people. Why? Because the assignment of MARINA as the sole institution for Filipino seafarers will be a step ahead to the European Maritime Safety Agency's (EMSA) recommendations to upgrade the system of hiring and training Filipino seafarers in compliance to international maritime standards, especially the STCW Convention.


If you can remember just before 2013 ends, blacklisting Filipino seafarers on European Union (EU) vessels were reported, which, if not countered by the passage of this bill will put Pinoy seafarers in shortage of employment options. 
Among the roles to be performed by MARINA are:
  • to ensure that all examination, licensing and certification that Filipino seafarers undego thorugh and receive are in compliance to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Int'l Convention)
  • they will be the single lead agency for Filipino maritime administration
  • they will hold the Technical Panel on Maritime Education of CHED where they would formulate, review and recommend policies, standards and guidelines for maritime education including curricula, facilities and guidelines.
Let's look forward to a positive outcome of this news. Cross your fingers Pinoy seafarers!


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