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DFA hails EC extension of Pinoy seamen’s certificates

April 2, 2023 Cristina Lee-Pisco 280 views

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) welcomed the decision by the European Commission (EC) to extend EU recognition of certificates issued by the Philippines to seafarers in line with the International Convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers.

In a statement, the DFA noted that the extension comes with conditions for the Philippines to meet and comply with its commitments to improve the process and implementation of the Philippine maritime education, training and certification (METC) system.

The Philippines has viewed the inspections, verifications and evaluations conducted by the European Commission, through the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), constructively, and is firm in its commitment to meet the same, mindful that these are in the interest of ensuring the best possible conditions for Philippine seafarers looking to serve on EU flag vessels, the DFA said.

The Philippines appreciates the continued engagement and the offer of technical assistance from the European Commission in helping ensure that the challenges in the implementation of the STCW Convention 1978, as amended, can be overcome.

Philippine Government officials vowed to continue to work towards elevating the METC system to the highest standard, and ensure the best possible employment opportunities for Filipino seafarers, on domestic or foreign flag vessels.

On Friday, the EC announced its decision to continue recognizing Philippine certificates issued to seafarers that brought a sigh of relief to the 50,000 Filipinos currently working on EU-flagged ships.

In 2022 alone, the Philippines received a total of US$6.71 billion in remittances from Filipino seafarers.

The Philippines is considered as the world’s primary source of maritime manpower, constituting 25 percent of the total number of global seafarers.