Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Executive Order No. 75 as a major step to resolve EU ban on Filipino Seafarers

Last year, the European Maritime Safety Administration (EMSA) said that many maritime training schools in the Philippines do not comply with the regulatory framework thus produce poorly trained graduates.  EMSA gave Philippines a chance to solve the problem in one year. If the Philippines cannot resolve the deficiencies, EMSA will ban Filipino seafarers in European Union. That is why on the 30th of April 2012, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III signed the Executive Order No. 75, which is a major step to answer the maritime industry's ambiguity in the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW).  Through E.O. No. 75, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) will now be the single administration responsible in managing the training, education and certification activities of the Department of Labor, the Technical Education Skills Development  Authority, and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), also, MARINA will now oversee the improvements and reforms, and ensure full-compliance with the standards.

Crossworld Machine, (2012, May, 13). Philippines Takes a Major Step in Resolving Maritime Problems. Retrieved May 22 2012, from Hellenic Shipping News Web Site: http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/News.aspx?ElementId=0e020d22-d296-4232-b481-55cc8533fdcc

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