Inspectors from the European Commission's Maritime Safety Agency recently visited the country to assess the Philippine's complaince with the training education and certification system under the STCW Convention. The deficiencies that the EMSA inspectors noted were about:
* maritme administration;
* monitoring of maritime education and training institutions (METIs);
* requirements of seafarers certification;
* management level course; and
* other findings relating to METIs
In a news release posted on the DOLE website, Acting Labor Secretary Danilo Cruz said the Philippines will mostly likely fulfill the requirements before the August deadline. "The Maritime Training Council, Professional Regulation Commission, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and the Commission on Higher Education are working closely and doubly hard to undetake the corrective actions on the deficiencies and shall be submitting the report by the end of the month," he said. He also expressed confidence that after receiving the report, EU will continue to recognize our country's education, training and certification of seafarers under the STCW Convention.