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Ms. Pimentel of IMO
By Lyn Bacani
he private sector is basically united in its wish toinstitutionalize a single government agency as theAdministration of the Philippines in the implementationof the international convention on the Standards of Training,
Certication and Watchkeeping (STCW).
A resolution was passed and adopted at the national seminar
on familiarization with the Manila Amendments to the STCW
Convention and Code held at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the
Pacic in Mariveles, Bataan July 22
, this year.“… the current regime in the implementation of the STCW
Convention in the Philippines is fragmented into various
government agencies and, therefore, do not conform with the STCW
Convention implementation,” underscores the resolution signed by
The resolution also recommends to maritime organizations and
stakeholders a unied stand for the Philippine government to
designate a Single Administration agency to solely and fully
responsible to effect the implementation of the STCW Conventionand Code, as amended in 2010, on or before 01 January 2012.
Back to Basic.
Atty. Brenda Pimentel, Regional Coordinator of the InternationalMaritime Organization (IMO) for East Asia says the Philippinesmust go back to basic to review the real intention of the STCWConvention.“It is a safety convention and not a labor convention,” Pimentelclaries.She cites the important factors of the STCW Convention are to
ensure that the signatories give meaning to the principles of the
Convention. They should create laws on the implementation of STCW to ensure safety of life and property at sea, protection of themarine environment and that seafarers onboard ships are qualiedand t for their duties.
Pimentel is disappointed on the prevailing appreciation in our
country on STCW protocols. She perceives that in the Philippines,STCW’s focus on safety is seldom discussed. Instead, the thinking ishow many seafarers to deploy and how much dollars will they enter.“The Philippines must implement STCW in a new perspective, thusmust revisit the Convention,” Pimentel underscores.
A Debate on Perspective
STCW is orSaety,not Jobs nor Labor
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