The Philippines was re-elected to the council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) under Category C, during the 30th session of the IMO Assembly (A30) last December 1, 2017 in London, England.
The appointment was a result of the 124 of 160 votes, placing the country as 13th among the 20 elected IMO member states under the said category.
According to the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Al Amaro, being elected and obtaining higher ranking in one of United Nations’ (UN) specialized agency in charge of maritime safety, security and maritime environment protection is an honor to the country. He also regarded this to the strong and progressive image the world sees of the Philippines, the good reputation of Filipino seafarers to worldwide maritime operations because of the stringent maritime training they received in the Philippines, and the positive image of the country under the leadership of President Duterte.
The all-out campaign headed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), and the maritime sector, including MARINA, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) were also the key factors that contributed to the country’s appointment to the IMO council.
The country has been a member of the IMO since 1964 and has ratified and gave its approval to 22 convenitions. Since then, it has been an active participant to various committees of the IMO as well as its technical cooperation programs which aim to deliver capabilities in implementing international maritime regulations and standards.
Filipino seafarers comprise over 25% of the entire workforce of the maritime industry all over the world, which constitutes to 1.5 million mariners worldwide. This serves as proof that they are the most preferred personnel by the top employers in the global shipping industry. As an effect, maritime practitioners bring into the national economy an estimated USD 5.575 billion in remittance. (PIA, DFA)