No Ban on Filipino Seafarers

​The member states of the European Union endorsed the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) recommendation NOT to de-recognise Filipino seafarer certificates of competency at the Committee on the Safety of the Sea (COSS) held last 23 April.  Nevertheless, the Philippine administration will be reporting to the European Commission every three months.  Furthermore, the EMSA will continue its monitoring and inspections and will extend technical assistance to the Philippines to ensure continued compliance. This is a positive development in the on-going process that EMSA and the Philippine government started more than two years ago.  The report has been independently verified with the Philippine Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA). 

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