THE near banning of Filipino seafarers from working on European Union-flagged vessels has lent urgency to the passage of the enabling law that will protect the rights and welfare of seafarers, Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada said, as he pushed for timely approval of the proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers.
THE European Commission’s continued recognition of the Philippine certification for Filipino seafarers is a political decision and the Philippine government should not be complacent in enforcing international standards in training and educating mariners, a manning industry leader said at the weekend.
OFFICIALS from the Executive branch and Congress hailed at the weekend the European Commission’s decision to extend EU recognition of certificates issued by the Philippines to seafarers, allowing some 50,000 of the latter to keep boarding EU-flagged ships. However, they conceded the need to “seriously heed” the reminder in the notice, to keep addressing six deficiencies earlier flagged in an EC audit.
REMITTANCES from overseas Filipino seafarers are expected to increase by a third annually through 2022, the chief of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) said on Wednesday, as the government buttresses efforts to further improve the skills and education of the current and future pool of marine professionals in the coming years.
By Elmer V. Recuerdo / Correspondent
The brain drain that the Philippines is experiencing is a potential problem that has been coming for at least a decade now and will not go away soon. With the combined forces of undervalued employment and a relatively easy infrastructure to work abroad, it was inevitable that the status of OFWs would become higher.