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October 2023 News Updates

Filipino Seafarers' Welfare and Green Shipping Initiatives


The Filipino seafaring community's welfare has garnered significant attention in recent news. The approval of the Magna Carta of Filipino seafarers by the Senate marks a pivotal step in outlining seafarers' rights and ensuring their well-being. The bill, authored by Senator Raffy Tulfo, emphasizes social welfare benefits, a grievance system, and a reintegration program for seafarers, acknowledging the need to address existing deficiencies in the industry.


In tandem with these developments, the Philippines, through the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), has showcased its commitment to sustainable shipping at the 45th ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group Meeting. MARINA's initiatives in green shipping and decarbonization have underscored the country's dedication to building efficient and eco-friendly maritime practices in the ASEAN region. With a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Philippines has developed a national strategy and action plan aligned with the International Maritime Organization's guidelines.

Moreover, the country's proactive stance in implementing fuel economy policies and standards, embracing cleaner fuels, and exploring the utilization of hydrogen and LNG in the maritime transport sector exemplifies its dedication to sustainable shipping practices. The Philippines' PORTEC Project, focusing on port and ballast water baselines, highlights the nation's commitment to environmental protection within its maritime infrastructure.


These recent developments reflect the collective efforts of the government, various maritime authorities, and the Filipino seafaring community in prioritizing the welfare of seafarers and championing sustainable shipping practices. As the country forges ahead in these endeavors, its commitment to the well-being of seafarers and the environment remains unwavering.


Amidst these advancements, Lacerta, a prominent agency deeply involved in maritime affairs, continues to play a pivotal role in championing the welfare of Filipino seafarers. With a strong emphasis on quality recruitment and compliance with global standards, Lacerta remains an essential ally in ensuring the advancement and well-being of the Filipino seafaring community. As the maritime industry continues to evolve, Lacerta's dedication to excellence and seafarer welfare remains unwavering.


Sources:

Senate approves Magna Carta of Filipino seafarers bill - Rappler https://www.rappler.com/nation/senate-approves-magna-carta-filipino-seafarers-bill/


Philippines shares efforts on green shipping, decarbonization - Maritime Industry Authority https://www.facebook.com/DOTrMARINAPH/posts/pfbid06tXRPzFGHHt9CbhiSMvHDJULmEx5GbCkqHTgKDJzLBL3iVu8gpk3W7iDmtsxNCrgl




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