September 16th, 2020 Philippines All Set to Handle Growing Crew Change Demand

The Philippine government takes the necessary steps to ensure that the country is capable of handling the growing crew change demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 16th, 2020 First Crew Change in Hub Outside Metro Manila Goes Smoothly

The first crew change operation in the newly opened hub in Bataan earlier this month went smoothly as headed by Department of Transportation (DOTr) through the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).

September 1st, 2020 Philippines sends "Green Lane" Procedures to IMO

The Philippine Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has communicated the country’s guidelines for the establishment of a “green lane” for seafarers to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

September 1st, 2020 COVID-19 Metro Manila remains under General Community Quarantine until 30 September

Metro Manila and four other areas will remain under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) until the end of the month, 30 September 2020. The provinces of Bulacan and Batangas, and the cities of Tacloban and Bacolod will also remain under GCQ as declared by President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, 31 August 2020.

August 26th, 2020 Philippine Senator Pushes for Faster Deployment of Filipino Seafarers

Philippine Senator Joel Villanueva is calling for the reopening of more airports and seaports in the country amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in a bid to speed up crew changes. The move is being eyed to avoid a possible deployment ban that according to him may last for two years.

August 26th, 2020 Philippines Opens Additional Crew Change Hubs, Aims to be Crew Change Capital of the World

The Philippine government activates another ‘crew change hub’, this time at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. The move aims to address the global need for fresh crew of ships operated by around 1.5 million seafarers, 25% of which are Filipinos.

August 19th, 2020 Groups Push for More Flights for Stranded Seafarers

Some groups and an airline firm are asking the government to allow more humanitarian flights to cater to stranded Filipino seafarers abroad. They say there are an estimated 100,000 of them who are either stranded abroad or waiting for flights to board their ships.

August 19th, 2020 COVID-19 Philippine President Eases Metro Manila to General Community Quarantine until 31 August

President Rodrigo Duterte heeds the recommendation of Metro Manila mayors to ease the lockdown restriction in the region. In a speech Monday night, 17 August 2020. Duterte announced that Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will now shift to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) starting 19 August 2020.