The STCW phe­nom­e­non con­tin­ues..


AN per­cep­tion that the Philip­pine mar­itime in­dus­try does not re­ceive the much-needed at­ten­tion it de­serves as one po­tent tool for eco­nomic devel­op­ment in this ar­chi­pel­ago is in re­spect to the refers to the In­ter­na­tional Con which was adopted pri­mar­ily to pro­mote safety of life at sea and the pro­tec­tion of the ma­rine envi global cri­te­ria by which a sea­farer’s serve on board ships nav­i­gat­ing in in­ter­na­tional waters is gauged. - time agree­ment that pro­vides ship and the gen­eral public that level - and there­fore could safely ferry pas­sen­gers and car­goes to their ships do not pol­lute the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment and the at­mos­phere.

the cen­turies-old mer­chant ship­ping ca­reer in that train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion any­where else in the world must con­form with the re­quire­ments stip­u­lated in the con­ven­tion. It pre­scribes the - tion re­quire­ments of one who wishes to be­come part of a ship’s crew. Of ut­most im­por­tance for con­ven­tion­leveled the play­ing can now com­pete with those com­ing from the de­vel­oped mar­itime coun­tries pro­vided they ac­quire the com­pe­tency pre­scribed by the said con­ven­tion.

The coun­try’s im­ple­menta fol­lowed the Philip­pine ac­ces premised as it was on the de­sire to main­tain its po­si­tion as the premier sup­plier of sea­far­ers to mar­ket­ing Filipino ship­board la­bor was the main con­sid­er­a­tion un­der­stand­ably as the adop­tion Filipino sea­far­ers were get­ting to be known as good al­ter­na­tive to the high-pay­ing sea­far­ers from de­vel­oped mar­itime coun­tries. oth­ers were get­ting the at­ten­tion of ship own­ers and with the added bonus that they are paid less.

The em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for Filipino sea­far­ers was an at­trac­tive and wel­come op­tion for a coun­try with a grow­ing - de­vel­op­ing policies and reg­u­la­tions in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of then Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos mar­itime safety and en­v­i­ron these in the pream­bu­lar clause as down the rea­sons for the coun i.e. to be able to de­ploy Filipino sea­far­ers on board in­ter­na­tional trad­ing ships. It is there­fore of no sur­prise that the said pres­i­den­tial is­suance vested on the Min­istry of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment all

- za­tion was adopted which re­sulted in the align­ment of func­tions based on a ra­tio­nal and clear de­ter­mi­na­tion of re­lated func­tions to avoid re­dun­dancy and stream­line the de­liv­ery of ser­vices to the pub to sea­far­ers un­der the Mar­itime - tion of the Philip­pine Reg­u­la­tion Com­mis­sion.

pro­tracted strug­gle be­tween mar­itime agen­cies and labor­fo­cused agen­cies on which of them should act as the “ad im­ple­men­ta­tion. It was like an detri­ment of the sea­far­ers whose in­ter­est they were sup­posed to pro­mote. The core man­dates of the mar­itime safety agen­cies and the la­bor agen­cies are in fact com­ple­men­tary with dis­tinct re­mained adamant in claim­ing the ti­tle of “ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

It took three decades to set­tle the is­sue of which agency should take the lead in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of leg­is­la­tion des­ig­nated MARINA as the sin­gle mar­itime ad­min­is­tra­tion in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the to rest that long-stand­ing ques­tion of which agency is in charge… but in Congress pro­pose to pluck the

It is in­ter­est­ing to know who the pro­po­nents are and why they are push­ing for such trans­fer…

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