May 21st, 2018

Lawmaker pushing for maritime education under k-12 school system

Malabon Representative Ricky Sandoval is hopeful that country’s dominance of Filipino workers in the seafaring industry will continue in the next decade.

Sandoval says, the Philippines has a chance to continue its impressive record of manning international fleets as maritime courses can be part of the newly implemented school program known as the K-12 system.

‘There’s a spot for the curriculum for senior high school students. They can opt to take maritime courses as their technical-vacational course. It’s a great opputunity for us, particularly those students in Malabon.

Sandoval cites they city’s proximity to sea as an advantage for Malabon students. He also says that the Department of Education supports his call to encourage students to take up maritime courses while in high school. He adds, this will help young Filipinos enter a maritime carrer at an early age which will boost the already impressive numbers of Filipino seafarers around the world.

Based on the Philippine Overseas Employment Authority records, there are around 460,000 Filipino seafarers currently deployed in different countries.