SONA 2015: Improvement on Filipino seafarers’ maritime education

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivered his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa on July 27, 2015. President Aquino briefly mentioned the condition of the country’s seafaring industry. He noted how the European Union Union (EU) has recognized the improvement in the maritime education of Filipino seafarers.

In his speech:

“In seafaring: In 2006, the European Maritime Safety Agency or EMSA was already questioning our compliance to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. Because of this, there was a threat that the EU would no longer recognize our maritime education certificates. If we did not act, there would have been the chance that an estimated 80,000 Filipino seafarers working on European boats would be out of jobs.

MARINA and the DOTC went to work quickly in order to match our maritime education certificates to global standards. To this day, the EU continues to recognize our certifications. Come EMSA’s next audit, which will begin in October, MARINA guarantees: We will definitely pass.”


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