January 25th, 2012 President Aquino ratifies ILO Convention 185 and ensures safety of Filipino Seafarers

Manila, Philippines - The International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 185 otherwise known as the Seafarers’ Identity Convention (2003) will finally be ratified by President Benigno S. Aquino III which aims to provide a uniform Seafarer’s Identity Document (SID).

January 5th, 2012 Philippines pushing for Maritime Education Improvements

Manila, Philippines– In order to sustain its current status as the premier provider of quality seafarers worldwide, the Philippine’s Commission on Higher Education is pushing for an upgrade in maritime education.

January 2nd, 2012 Firecrackers and other Filipino Practices for the New Year

Firecrackers can bring both joy and disaster, depending on what you value most. The Department of Health has announced that the tally for casualties and firecracker related incidents already reached over 150 cases days before the actual celebration of the New Year’s Eve.

December 27th, 2011 True spirit of Christmas experienced in some areas in the Philippines

Silent night turned into a night of terror in Southern most part of the Philippines, as tropical storm Washi swept live stocks, homes and lives as residents of the area was caught off-guard by the storm.

December 2nd, 2011 Licensed Maritime Professionals in the Philippines Continue to Grow

Manila, Philippines – The preference for Filipino seafarers in the maritime industry is exemplified in the continuing growth of licensed Filipino maritime professionals in the last six years according to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

November 28th, 2011 Seafarers arming themselves with information to fight piracy

The continuing problem of piracy has lead to a cross-training program for Filipino seafarers to arm themselves with information once the unlawful act at sea occurs on their respective ships.

November 25th, 2011 European Union ruling on Filipino Seafarers to come out next month

Manila, Philippines – Filipino seafarers are keeping their fingers close as the European Union is set to make a decision next month whether they would allow Filipino seafarers to be hired by EU shipping companies in the future.

November 4th, 2011 Filipino Seafarers Receive Early Christmas Gift

Christmas came early for Filipino seafarers this year as they receive the news about the pay hike increase set for 2012 as the International Bargaining Forum (IBF), International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Joint Negotiating Group (JNG) reached a final agreement regarding the issue.