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February 2024 News Updates

The Philippines has taken a significant step towards securing its maritime prowess with the approval of the 10-year Maritime Industry Development Plan 2028 (MIDP) by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. This comprehensive roadmap lays out a strategic framework for the growth and prosperity of the country's maritime sector.

Philippines' Maritime Industry Development Plan 2028

President Marcos Jr. has signed Executive Order (EO) 55, which sets in motion the Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP). The MIDP is designed to stimulate the Philippines' maritime industry and support its long-term development. It includes the modernization, expansion, and promotion of the domestic and overseas shipping industries, along with shipbuilding and ship repair. It also emphasizes the need for a skilled maritime workforce, maritime transport safety and security, and adherence to environmental sustainability standards. The MIDP is intended to boost the Philippine Merchant Fleet, contribute to the country's development, and align with the national vision, AmBisyon Natin 2024. Under EO 55, the MIDP Technical Board is tasked with implementing, monitoring, and reviewing the plan, ensuring alignment with national objectives and international standards.

Seafarers' Rights and Landmark Legislation

In the same month, President Marcos Jr. is set to enact the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers, a significant piece of legislation designed to improve the well-being and global competitiveness of Filipino seafarers. Deemed urgent, this legislation addresses shortcomings in the country's internal laws pertaining to seafarers' training and certification, guaranteeing alignment with international norms and conventions. The Magna Carta underscores the Philippines' dedication to maintaining maritime excellence and protecting seafarers' rights, responding to past concerns brought forward by the European Union.

Navigating the Seas with Dedication

Even amidst significant changes, Lacerta maintains its support for national maritime endeavors. As a training institution, Lacerta remains focused on empowering seafarers and contributing to the maritime industry's growth. It emphasizes professionalism, continuous improvement, and preparing Filipino seafarers for future challenges and opportunities. Lacerta's goal is to ensure these seafarers can navigate the seas skillfully and with integrity.


Marcos to sign Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers - Manila Times

Marcos OKs 10-year Maritime Industry Development Plan 2028



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