CHEd to su­per­vise, in­spect schools for sea­far­ers

Business World - - LABOR & MANAGEMENT - Ar­jay L. Bal­in­bin

MALA­CAÑANG said on Thurs­day that the Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (CHEd) will in­spect all mar­itime schools in the Philip­pines to en­sure their com­pli­ance with the stan­dards of the Euro­pean Union (EU).

“It was an­nounced yes­ter­day [dur­ing a meet­ing at the Palace] that there will be an agree­ment bro­kered by the DoTr ( De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion) be­tween the CHEd and the MA­RINA (Mar­itime In­dus­try Author­ity), where the CHEd will now un­der­take su­per­vi­sion and in­spec­tion of all mar­itime schools to en­sure com­pli­ance with the EU stan­dards,” Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Her­minio L. Roque, Jr. said in a brief­ing at the Palace.

He added: “Be­cause of the im­por­tance of this mat­ter, and be­cause of the fact that Filipinos com­prise the big­gest num­ber of sea­far­ers, the Pres­i­dent de­cided to su­per­vise the com­pli­ance of our mar­itime schools.”

Mr. Roque said the govern­ment hopes to meet the sub­mis­sion dead­line for the com­pli­ance pro­gram to the Euro­pean Mar­itime Safety Agency (EMSA).

“We tar­get to meet the dead­line. We will have to sub­mit the plan on how we are go­ing to com­ply with the re­quire­ments of the Euro­pean Union,” he added.

MA­RINA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Rey Leonardo B. Guer­rero said last month that EMSA, a reg­u­la­tory arm of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion that en­sures that coun­tries in­volved in sea­far­ing com­ply with the poli­cies of the Euro­pean Union on mar­itime safety, has raised con­cerns about the Philip­pine mar­itime schools’ com­pli­ance with the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion on Stan­dards of Train­ing, Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and Watch­keep­ing for Sea­far­ers (STCW).

Mr. Guer­rero said the Philip­pines is “on track” to meet the dead­line. —

THE Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion will un­der­take su­per­vi­sion and in­spec­tion of all mar­itime schools to en­sure com­pli­ance with the EU stan­dards.

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