Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Fast-Tracks Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers
Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has urgently certified the proposed Magna Carta for Filipino seafarers to address recurring deficiencies in the country’s laws. These deficiencies relate specifically to the training and accreditation of Filipino seafarers. The president’s urgent certification of Senate Bill No. 2221, also known as An Act of Providing for the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers, aims to ensure that the Philippines meets its international obligations regarding the training, facilities, and equipment for seafarers.
The certification of the bill is a clear demonstration of the president’s concern for the welfare of seafarers. Seafarers play a significant role in the country’s economic growth. Chairman of the Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs, Rep. Ron Salo, welcomed the certification. He stated that it shows a deep understanding of the sacrifices made by seafarers and the importance of safeguarding their rights.
Senator Raffy Tulfo, the bill’s principal sponsor, expressed confidence that the Magna Carta for Filipino seafarers will soon be established due to the president’s urgent certification. The bill has finished its first round of amendments and is currently going through the second reading in the Senate. Its counterpart in the House of Representatives was approved in March.
Ensuring the Welfare of Seafarers
The proposed Magna Carta would outline the rights of Filipino seafarers and ensure their welfare. It includes provisions for a reintegration program, a grievance system, and social welfare benefits. This move is seen as a significant step in protecting the rights and welfare of seafarers, who are crucial to the country’s economy.
Addressing International Obligations
President Marcos Jr. stated that the certification was made to reassure the international community of the Philippines’ commitment to its obligations. This includes ensuring that their training facilities and equipment are at par with international standards and those set by relevant conventions. The President also highlighted the need to protect the employment of Filipino seafarers in the European market and the global maritime arena.
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