Senate passes Marina Bill for Filipino seafarers

On February 10, the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) or Marina Bill was approved by the Senate to protect the welfare of over 400 000 Filipino seafarers and strengthen the country’s maritime manpower industry.

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The Senate Bill 2043 updates the administrative functions relating to the maritime training and certification in the Philippines for over 400 000 seafarers. This is in response to reports of impending blacklisting of the country by the European Union (EU) due to failure of compliance completion of the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, as amended (STCW Convention).

The Marina Bill encompasses the designation of a single maritime administrative agency to enforce the STCW Convention. In addition, the agency will be responsible for an effective regulatory framework to enhance the Philippine seafaring industry.

Only awaiting the approval of President Aquino by the end of the month, principal author Senate President Franklin Drilon said that the enactment of the measure into law “will make the country’s policies on maritime administration aligned with the standards stipulated in the STCW Convention.”

“The passage of this bill affirms the government’s concern for the welfare of our seafarers, and we hope that it shows the rightful acknowledgment of the invaluable contribution of our maritime workers in the national economy, and the country’s overall reputation in the global market,” he further added.

Source: Sun Star

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