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April 2024 News Updates

The Philippine maritime sector is undergoing significant changes as new infrastructure projects, international agreements, and evolving security threats shape the industry. These developments offer both opportunities and challenges for the nation's seafarers.


Enhancing Maritime Infrastructure

The recent opening of a new passenger terminal at the Port of Batangas marks a milestone in the modernization of the Philippines' maritime infrastructure. This terminal is now the largest inter-island hub in the country, offering modern facilities and amenities for passenger comfort and convenience . Additionally, the newly established container barge terminal in Cavite is set to streamline the transport of goods, reducing truck trips and supporting the efficient movement of cargo to and from Manila .


Seafarer Safety and Security

In response to escalating security threats in maritime regions, the Department of Migrant Workers has taken measures to ensure the safety of Filipino seafarers. A recent order prohibits the deployment of seafarers on vessels navigating the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, prioritizing their well-being in high-risk areas . Senator Raffy Tulfo has also called for the swift passage of the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers to provide additional protections for seafarers and their families.

International Partnerships and Agreements

The Philippines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Qatar's Ministry of Transport, focusing on the mutual recognition of seafarers' certificates. This agreement aligns with international standards and promotes employment opportunities for Filipino seafarers on Qatari-flagged vessels . Such collaborations demonstrate the country's commitment to fostering strong relationships with other nations in the maritime industry.


Lacerta's Role in the Evolving Maritime Landscape


Amid these changes, Lacerta remains dedicated to supporting Filipino seafarers through quality training and education. By equipping seafarers with the necessary skills to navigate new challenges, Lacerta continues to empower the nation's maritime workforce and contribute to the industry's growth and success.



Sources:

NEW PASSENGER TERMINAL OPENS AT BATANGAS PORT, PHILIPPINES


NEW CONTAINER BARGE TERMINAL OPENS IN CAVITE, PHILIPPINES


Philippine seafarers banned from sailing in Red Sea


PH, Qatar sign pact on recognition of seafarers' certificates

Source: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1223319 Tulfo wants swift passage of Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers






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