September 10th, 2013 New guidelines for seafarer rights to come out soon

Manila, Philippines – The Labor Department is now working on providing seafarers with better working conditions as well as reducing the number of substandard ships in the country.

September 4th, 2013 New medical requirements set for seafarers

Thousands of seafarers are expected to re-take medical examinations after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) fully implements the Maritime Labor Convention of 2006.

August 26th, 2013 Hotline numbers for MLC 2006 released

Manila, Philippines – The government opens a hotline for seafarers, ship owners and maritime stakeholders that will provide information on the implementation of the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 (MLC 2006).

July 15th, 2013 POEA temporarily bans deployment of Filipinos to Egypt

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has imposed a temporary ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Egypt due to escalating violence in Cairo.

July 11th, 2013 Court allows closing of deficient maritime schools

Manila, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has won against a number of schools trying to block the department’s closure order, as it continues to go after deficient maritime schools and courses in line with the upcoming EMSA audit.

June 28th, 2013 Government sectors working together to pass second EMSA audit

Manila, Philippines – After failing the first European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) inspection, different government sectors are now working together and preparing for the next audit, which will be done in October.

May 8th, 2013 MARINA confident that Philippines will pass EMSA audit

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) is confident that the 80,000 Filipino seafarers on board European Union flagged vessels will retain their jobs as they are already making necessary changes to pass the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) audit.

May 2nd, 2013 Working Visas now required for seafarers passing in Saudi waters

Seafarers are now required work and visitor’s Visas in able to work in the waters of Saudi Arabia, specifically those employed in the Eastern Province for Saudi Aramco.