The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) held a Maritime Industry Tripartite Council (MITC) on January 25, with the key industry issues such as maritime training, as well as the sinking of MV Mercraft 3, as its main agenda.
The maritime industry has had its fair share of tirades during the past few months, which started during the sinking of MV Mercraft 3 late last year. Also discussed during the meeting was the industry leaders’ concerns about the maritime training cadets in the Philippines receive.
Present in the MITC meeting are members of the Tripartite council coming from the government, Maritime Unions, maritime employer groups, officers from the Masters and Mates Association of the Philippines (MMAP), and other pro-maritime industry groups.
According to Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Director Levinson Alcantara, regular meetings are scheduled for the amendments of the Standard Employment Contract for seafarers, development of standards of the employment contract of migrant fishers, study on the International Labour Organization minimum wage and the regulations of seafarers’ claims from financial security providers.
One of the key highlights of the meetings was the discussion of the issue brought up by Captain Edwin Itable of MMAP. He requested the council to conduct a case study regarding MV Mercraft 3, the fast craft the sank into the waters of Quezon in December 2017. He also proposed that a technical working group be created tasked to conduct a study on the matter and discuss other issues and concerns. The group will be composed mainly of representatives from Maritime Industry Authority, Philippine Coast Guard, Joint Manning Group, MMAP, and other related agencies and parties.
MITC took note of all the concerns brought to attention during the meeting, and assured that they will be related to the proper agencies. (The Philippine Daily Inquirer)