RP to capture 50% of seafarers demand in 2016 — DoLE

Published by rudy Date posted on April 18, 2011

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) is looking at the possibility that the Philippines can capture 50 percent of the global seafarer’s demand by 2016.

Filipino sailors, for the moment, consist 30 percent of the 1.2 million strong international merchant marine force.

DoLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said she aims to do this vigorously by supporting its partners in the Maritime Industry Tripartite Council (MITC) and addressing common problems in the maritime industry.

“This is part of our efforts to expand the sea-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) sector amid the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, which has led to the repatriation of OFWs from Libya,” she added.

Baldoz established the MITC early this year “to provide the tripartite partners in the maritime sector a venue where common concerns can be addressed to ensure the country’s capability to produce competent seafarers and port workers.

Members of the MITC include the Joint Manning Group (JMG), the umbrella organization of manning agencies.

JMG leaders, in a meeting with Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Carlos Cao Jr., said the country’s seafaring industry “is aggressively targeting to increase global requirements for Filipino seafarers from 30 percent at present to 50 percent until 2016.”

The industry has invested heavily in putting up world-class training modules and facilities for Filipino seafarers to enhance their competitiveness and employability in the international maritime industry, JMG said

Baldoz said her department, through the MITC, is prepared to support the industry in its efforts to capture a larger portion of the international market for seafarers. PNA

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