October 7th, 2013 Obama cancels scheduled visit to Manila

Manila, Philippines - US President Barack Obama cancels a scheduled visit to the country due to the ongoing US government shutdown.

October 4th, 2013 Maritime group push for women’s right in the industry

Manila, Philippines – A maritime group has filed a new resolution urging the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to help in advancing the global seafaring careers of Filipino women mariners.

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.