The congressional inquiry has been scheduled despite the ongoing investigation of the Board of Marine Inquiry of the fourth maritime disaster involving Sulpicio Lines. Rep. Nograles said that the inquiry should be aimed at instituting legislation that will strengthen the country's present maritime laws. - to review the country’s maritime policies and laws. More than 5,000 innocent lives have already been claimed by maritime disasters in the last 21 years, averaging 182 reported cases per year.
"Once and for all, policies and laws concerning maritime transport and port operations must be consolidated, including the licensure and training of maritime captains and personnel—even government maritime officials and personnel," Nograles said.
"Safety should be a prime consideration for policy makers and policy implementers," he added.
Source: Shiptalk News dated June 29, 2008
Personal Note: The government should have done this years ago. The figures are there but nobody seems to have given that much importance. The policies have always been in place - implementation is the biggest problem!!!