MANILA, Philippines – THE demand for Filipino Seafarers, the “sailing Ambassadors of the Philippines,” is expected to grow, after the Philippines complied with reforms set by the Manila Amendments to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention for Seafarers, which took effect on January 1, 2012. The STCW Manila Amendments raise the qualifications of seafarers worldwide through additional training, review of legal instruments, health guidelines, and accreditation to maritime training facilities.
The Administration is committed to uphold and protect the rights of over 300,000 Filipino seafarers who are on board vessels worldwide. They continue to be in demand to man ships at sea – from luxury cruise ships to giant tankers and container ships. They help buoy the national economy through their remittances.
The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) supervises maritime education, training, and certification in the country. Under Executive Order (EO) No. 75, Marina, an attached agency of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), is authorized to issue the appropriate certification for the deployment of seafarers abroad.
STCW, adopted in London in 1978 by the 170-member International Maritime Organization (IMO), including the Philippines, was the first to create basic requirements for seafarers on an international level. Training, certification, and watchkeeping of seafarers had previously been established by individual governments, without reference to practices in other countries. As a result, standards and procedures varied, although shipping is international in nature.
IMO assists the Philippine maritime industry, especially in providing seafarer education, training, and certification under the STCW Convention.
The designation of the Maritime Industry Authority as the single maritime administration to supervise the needs and development of Filipino seafarers will further boost the good image of the Philippines in the global shipping industry. MABUHAY!
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