PH is committed to adhering to EU seafarer standards.
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. stated on Sunday that the national government will “do everything” to solve shortcomings in local seafarer education and training in order to avert job losses among Filipino seafarers assigned to work for European Union (EU) vessels.
After the EU warned the Philippines of shortcomings in local seafarer training and education earlier this year, Marcos pledged that his government will increase its efforts to comply with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) standards.
“I believe we’ll try our best to achieve our goals. On a flight to Brussels, Belgium to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-European Union (ASEAN-EU) Summit, he told reporters, “We cannot leave it hanging like this.
“Since this is our last chance, we must really do the task. However, he reiterated, “the entire business is striving to make it happen.
Everyone in the sector, according to Marcos, “is working really hard for us to get it.”
He expressed confidence that the Philippines will meet the requirements for sailors’ training if any shortcomings were fixed.
“Tayo ain’t nakakatupad doon sa iba” (We were not able to comply with the others). I was telling them that the mindset in the past was to simply put the materials in some documentary study, said Marcos.
“I believe they have modified their strategy about accreditation. Additionally, I think everything will work out.
In his discussions with EU representatives during the ASEAN-EU Commemorative Summit, Marcos is anticipated to bring up marine cooperation and security.
Due to the Philippines’ continuous inability to pass the European Maritime Safety Agency’s (EMSA) evaluation during the past 16 years, around 50,000 Filipino sailors employed on European boats are reportedly in danger of losing their employment.
The country’s training initiatives and accreditation program for seafarers must meet EU requirements, hence the President earlier directed a coordinated effort including several government entities.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Maritime Industry Authority are among the government organizations tasked with ensuring the Philippines complies with the EMSA (MARINA).
MARINA revealed last month that it had filed the necessary corrections for the errors made by European assessors during its most recent examination.
The Marcos administration is considering an executive order to resolve “grievances” of the EMSA, according to earlier reports from DOTr, CHED, and MARINA.
With one Filipino seafarer for every 4 to 5 crew members on board a vessel at any given moment, the Philippines is a top source of qualified seafarers worldwide.
According to research by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Indonesia, China, and India were the top four countries that supplied seafarers internationally. The Philippines came in first.
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