Pirate Attack Yields Extra Pay for Filipinos

Filipino workers onboard ships that pass through pirate-infested territories will get added hazard pay, according to the Department of Labor and Employment.

Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, chairwoman of the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), said said guidelines have been set on the limits of high-risk areas and benefits that apply to the Internationally-Recognized Transit Corridor within the Gulf of Aden.

The Board issued GBR 26, Series of 2014, stating that the bonus compensation to seafarers transiting declared high-risk zones/areas is equal to 100 percent of the basic wage and a doubled compensation in case of injury or death on any day during which the vessel he is serving on is attacked.

High-risk zones includes Somali North Coast Territorial waters extending up to Ethiopia and North of Cape Guardafui; Gulf of Aden, up to Somali East Coast, East of Mayyun Island in the Bab El Mandeb Straits.

The Eastern border of Rhiy di-Irisal on Suqutra Island to the border between Yemen and Oman together with the eastern coast of Somalia;

The Gulf of Guinea, the territorial waters of Benin and Nigeria, including ports, terminals and roads anchorages, delta of the Niger river, other inland waterways and ports, except when the vessel is attached securely to a berth or SBM facility in a guarded harbor.


Download Governing Board Resolution No. 26 Series of 2014 here.