Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said that the Philippines is on track in enhancing the welfare and protection of overseas Filipino seafarers in line with the highest international-standards embodied in the International Labor Organization's (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention, 2006, as she signed a memorandum of agreement with five recognized organizations (ROs) on the conduct of inspection and certification of Philippine-registered vessels engaged in international voyages.
Baldoz, who has issued Department Order No. 130, Series of 2013, on the Rules and Regulations on the Employment of Filipino Seafarers Onboard Philippine Registered Ships Engaged in International Voyage, said the Philippines is in step with the global enforcement of MLC, 2006 which shall take effect 20 August this year following the country's ratification of the ILO treaty in 20 August 2012.
"President Benigno S. Aquino III ratified the ILO's Maritime Labor Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) on 20 August 2012, making the Philippines the 30th and final ILO-member state to ratify the global treaty required for it to come into force. We have set in place the policies and mechanisms for our compliance with the convention," said Baldoz.
"And to make sure that these mechanisms are in place and that ships abide by these rules and regulations, we are authorizing recognized organizations (ROs) affiliated with reputable international classification organizations to conduct inspection of ships and issue Maritime Labor Certificate under Department Order No. 130-A," Baldoz said yesterday during the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with ROs held at the DOLE Conference Room in Intramuros, Manila.
The five recognized organizations that signed the MOA with Secretary Baldoz are represented by Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Regional Manager, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai; Emmanuel Danion, Country Chief Executive, Bureau Veritas; Anacleto Macanas, Attorney-in-Fact, Korean Register of Shipping; Antonio Leosala, Country Manager, Det Norske Veritas; Jessie Suficiencia, Station Manager and Surveyor, Germanischer Lloyd; Representatives from Associated Marine Officers' and Seamen's Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP); Joint Manning Group (JMG); Philippine Association of Manning Agencies and Shipmanagers, Inc (PAMAS); International Maritime Association of the Philippines, (INTERMAP); Filipino Association for Mariners' Employment, Inc (FAME); Philippine-Japan Manning Council (PJMCC); Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA); Philippine Coast Guard; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Employees' Compensation Commission (ECC); and DOLE-National Capital Region witnessed the signing ceremony.
The MOA between the DOLE and the ROs covers, among others, its scope of application, purpose, general conditions, execution and legal basis of the functions under authorization; reportorial obligations of the ROs to the DOLE and the specifications of the authorization from DOLE to ROs.
Under DO 130-A, Series of 2013, the DOLE shall accredit ROs to be authorized to conduct inspection of ships and issue Maritime Labor Certificate (MLC).
The applicant RO must be a member of a reputable international classification organizations presently performing classification of ships in international trade such as the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). …