Philippines’ anti-piracy orientation now on high gear

December 19, 2010 1:12 am 

MANILA, Dec. 18 – In line with the government’s efforts to ensure that all Filipino mariners are fully briefed about the piracy menace, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz announced that the country’s anti-piracy seminars are now on high gear.

The said briefings are being conducted by manning agencies and supervised jointly by the DOLE and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency Administration (POEA). It started only last February.

“Seafarer safety is also our big concern, particularly against high seas piracy in the Gulf of Aden. To equip our seafarers with knowledge and readiness skills, the DOLE and the POEA now requires mandatory anti-piracy orientations on how to respond and prevent piracy attacks,” the DOLE chief said in her speech at the recently concluded Lloyd’s Ships Mariner Convention in Manila.

She added that compliance of Filipino sailors is checked at random by the POEA’s labor assistance center at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

As this developed, Baldoz said that in order to maintain the continued dominance of the Filipino sailor in the global merchant marine fleet necessitates a system that balance regulation and provision of relevant incentives to Philippine manning agencies.

She added that POEA rules and regulations for this matter are now being reviewed to insure that it is harmonize with the developments in international maritime laws and practices. (PNA)

DCT/PFN

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