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May 2023 News Updates

Lacerta remains at the forefront of maritime developments in the Philippines. Committed to hiring experienced and competent seafarers, Lacerta plays a vital role in supporting the country's maritime sector. With a keen awareness of the latest industry trends, Lacerta ensures that both seafarers and educational institutions stay updated with international standards.

A New Maritime Education Curriculum to Enhance Compliance

Recent directives from President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. have set in motion the revision of the maritime education curriculum. This initiative, driven by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), aims to address gaps and issues identified by the European Maritime Safety Agency. The goal is to ensure compliance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). By aligning the curriculum with international standards, Lacerta recognizes the importance of upskilling and upgrading seafarers to meet the changing demands of the industry.

Prioritizing the Maritime Sector for National Development

As the primary source of maritime manpower worldwide, Filipino seafarers play an integral role in nation-building efforts. To capitalize on this strength, the government, including the Department of Transportation and MARINA, is committed to developing a stronger domestic maritime industry. The Maritime Industry Development Plan for 2028 has been formulated to enhance competitiveness, promote safety and security, and foster a skilled maritime workforce. Lacerta fully supports these initiatives, recognizing the immense potential of the maritime sector.

Meeting the Demand: Lacerta and the Growing Opportunities

With US-based seafaring majors planning to hire approximately 75,000 Filipino seafarers in the coming years, the demand for skilled professionals is on the rise. Lacerta, as a leading agency in the shipping industry, actively facilitates this recruitment process. Recognizing the dedication and excellence displayed by Filipino seafarers, companies like Carnival Corp. express their interest in hiring more professionals from the Philippines. Lacerta ensures that seafarers are equipped with the necessary skills and expertise to excel in various roles, including marine, hospitality, deck, and restaurant positions.

Lacerta's commitment to the maritime industry in the Philippines is evident through its efforts to hire experienced and competent seafarers and stay updated with the latest industry trends. By actively supporting the revision of the maritime education curriculum and collaborating with relevant government agencies, Lacerta ensures that seafarers are well-prepared to meet international standards. As the demand for Filipino seafarers grows, Lacerta plays a vital role in connecting skilled professionals with rewarding opportunities. With Lacerta's unwavering dedication, the maritime industry in the Philippines continues to thrive.



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