​Republic Act 10635 – MARINA Appointment


 
The Congress of the Philippines has signed already into law RA 10635 – the Act establishing the maritime industry (MARINA ) as the single maritime administration responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the 1978 international convention on standards of training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers, as amended and international agreements or covenants related thereto. As a the single administration ,  the MARINA shall exercise the following powers and functions.
 
(a)    Acts as the single and central maritime administration for all purposes relating to compliance with the STCW Convention
(b)   Administer and ensure the effective implementation of the STCW Convention; including all international conventions or agreements implementing or applying the same, as well as international maritime safety conventions or agreements that it seeks to promote compliance with.
(c)    Assume all powers and functions of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) relative to the issuance, validation, verification, correction, revocation or cancellation of certificates of competency, endorsement, proficiency and documentary evidence required of all seafarers and all such other matters pertaining to the implementation of the STCW Convention,
 

Within 6 months from date of signing into law, MARINA shall come up with the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) to ensure that the processes and procedures relative to the provision of this Act  will be effectively and efficiently carried out by their office.

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