President Aquino signs on March 13 Republic Act No. 10635 that creates a single maritime administration for the maritime training and certification of seafarers in the Philippines.
As reported by Philstar, “the law institutionalizes the gains of Executive Order No. 75 signed by Aquino on April 30, 2012 designating the Department of Transportation and Communications, through the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), as the single administration in the Philippines responsible for oversight in the implementation of the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), as amended.”
Marina will assume all the powers and functions of the Professional Regulation Commission, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, beste online casino Commission on Higher Education, National Telecommunications Commission and Department of Health in the issuance, validation, verification, correction, revocation or cancellation of certificates of competency, proficiency, endorsement and other documentary evidence required of seafarers.
As featured before, the law aims to further protect the welfare of over 400 000 Filipino seafarers and strengthen the country’s maritime manpower industry and solidify the Philippines’ position as the premier provider of competent and certificated seafarers.