DOLE to enforce MLC 2006 provisions

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has started inspecting domestic ships to ensure that local ships are in compliance with MLC 2006 in order to provide decent work and living conditions to at least 60,000 Filipino seafarers. DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said that there are at least 17 local ships that have applied for the issuance of certificate of compliance. Furthermore, Baldoz said that the inspection will cover the 8,981 Philippine registered ships (PRS) in domestic shipping except warships, naval auxiliaries, government ships, and fishing vessels.


DOLE and its partner organizations have previously prioritized the two-phase evaluation of PRS which travel in international waters. During its first part of the evaluation, DOLE has already issued the Declaration of Maritime Labor Compliance (DMLC) to 140 PRS with necessary MLC requirements and another 96 PRS have completed the assessment and received their Maritime Labor Certificate (MLC). Compliance with MLC 2006 will minimize sea accidents and provide protection to Filipino seafarers, according to Secretary Baldoz.


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