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Filipino Seafarers Can Look for Better Days

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The future looks bright for Filipino seafarers because of initiatives that could increase the wage they will get and upgrade their professional skills.

The minimum wage of seafarers stand to get an increase as the International Labor Organization saw its necessity.

An international agreement has been reached on an increase in the ILO Minimum Basic Wage for seafarers at a meeting of the Joint Maritime Commission Sub-Committee on Wages of Seafarers in Geneva on 26-27 April.

The current ILO minimum basic wage for an AB covering 48 hours of work will increase from US$545 to $555 on 1 January 2012, to $568 on 1 January 2013 and eventually to $585 on 31 December 2013.

- from Nautilus International

Filipino seafarers have already established a solid reputation in maritime service in terms of competence, professionalism and dedication. International shipping companies who would prefer Filipino seamen are expected to adhere to internationally accepted laws and standards governing the industry.

On the local front, the government appear serious in supporting our seafaring industry.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Cayetano W. Paderanga Jr. has announced that the national government is committed in further developing the professional skills of Filipino seafarers.

He said this is being done by investing in world-class training modules and facilities which are vital to improving the expertise of the country’s mariners.

- from Positive News Media

One of the current problems faced by local seafarers is the serious issue of piracy in Somalia.

Among the measures undertaken by the government is to make arrangements with ship principals and manning agencies for vesselto travelalong a safety corridor and to adopt best management practicess as a deterrence to piracy attacks.

The Philippine government has likewise taken up the issue of maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Aden and in the Indian Ocean before the United Nations and other international organizations.

Also, the UN Security Council continues with its Anti-piracy campaign specifically against armed-robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia.

These things make me feel that Filipino Seafarers can look ahead to better days in the near future.

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