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…