The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is set to release a new action plan, which will reduce the risk of Filipino sailors from sea accidents.
In a statement, Labor and Employment secretary Rosalinda Baldoz disclosed she has already instructed POEA to coordinate with the Overseas Seafarers Committee of the Maritime Industry Tripartite Council (MITC) to craft the new guidelines.
The MITC is the group of representatives from shipping companies, manning agencies and seafarers, which are regularly consulted by DOLE before it comes out with a policy, which will affect the shipping industry.
“The MITC should come up with a ready mechanism on effective coordination with manning agents and ship owners,” Baldoz said.
“DOLE’s paramount concern is to ensure the welfare of Filipino seafarers and their families, especially when maritime accidents happen,” she added.
At least 300,000 Filipino sailors, who are currently on-board foreign-registered ships, will be affected with the new guidelines once it takes effect. (Samuel P. Medenilla)