MARINA Sole Authority on Seafarers’ Standards

THE TRANSPORTATION department issued Friday the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on an act establishing the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) as the sole administrator in the enforcement of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers.

Under the IRR, Marina assumes “all powers and functions of the Professional Regulation Commission, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Health and National Telecommunications Commission, relative to the issuance, validation, verification, correction, revocation or cancellation of certificates of competency, endorsement or cancellation of certificates of competency, endorsement, proficiency and documentary evidence required of all seafarers and all such other matters pertaining to the implementation of…the STCW Convention 1978.”

“This development in the Philippine maritime industry is a step towards a stronger maritime nation that moves the world,” Marina Administrator Maximo Q. Mejia Jr. said in a statement.

“Marina is empowered to ensure that the certificates issued to Filipino seafarers are accepted by the maritime administrations and industry stakeholders around the world at its face value, a certificate backed by a credible, responsible, and high quality monitoring system,” Mr. Mejia added.

Marina is set to create a Technical Working Group (TWG) with the concerned government agencies and other stakeholders.

Going by the IRR, the TWG is said to ensure that the process for the issuance of certificates of competency and proficiency as well as other documents under the STCW Convention shall be efficient and convenient for seafarer.

This IRR will take effect 15 days from Friday, July 25. — Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz


Source: Business World Online