Pinoy Seafarers May Soon Enjoy Better Protection Under Maritime Labor Treaty
The Philippines supports better protection for seafarers after the government voted in favor of amendments to the Maritime Labor Convention of 2006 (MLC 2006).
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that the amendments seek to address concerns on abandonment and ship owners' liability in seafarers' injury, illness or death. The amendments involved the implementation of the financial security instrument on ship owners' liability for the repatriation of seafarers and contractual compensation.
DOLE further stated that the amendments to the MLC 2006 was one of three items voted on at the 103rd International Labor Conference.
Sec. Baldoz said seafarers needing long-term medical treatment should not be deprived of their benefits due to sudden cancellation of the financial cover. She added that the Philippines has approved an action plan that can serve as a road map for the eventual implementation of the two amendments.
She also noted that the Department of Labor and Employment has issued orders governing the employment of Pinoy seafarers on Philippine-registered ships engaged in international voyages and those on the domestic inter-island trade. The Philippines has also authorized nine organizations to carry out inspection and certification functions on Philippine-registered ships in foreign waters.
DOLE issued regulations for provisions of the convention such as maritime occupational safety and health, and regulations on the issuance of a national certificate for ships' cooks and standards for medical examination.
Meanwhile, Baldoz also said the country already amended its standard employment contract on the employment seafarers on ocean-going international vessels as early as 2010.