1st Anniversary of MLC 2006: Accomplishments in Philippine seafaring industry cited by DOLE

Last August 20, 2014 marked the first anniversary of the implementation of the International Labor Organization’s Maritime Labor Convention (ILO-MLC), 2006. During the celebration, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has congratulated all its partners that helped the agency to ensure that the country is conforming with the highest international standards to protect overseas and domestic Filipino seafarers. The MLC 2006 has entered into force on August 20, 2013 that aims to provide welfare and protection to seafarers while securing fair competition to ship owners.


DOLE Secretary Baldoz has cited the following accomplishments and policy issuances that promote awareness about the MLC, 2006:

1.)   Issuance of Department Order No. 127 which covers the conciliation-mediation to address on-board complaints, D.O. No. 129, for the Rules and Regulations Governing the Employment and Working Conditions of Seafarers Onboard Ships Engaged in Domestic Shipping and D.O. No. 130 for the Rules and Regulations on the Employment of Filipino Seafarers Onboard Philippine Registered Ships Engaged in International Voyage, Series of 2013.

2.)   Establishment of maritime industry tripartite councils (MITCs) in key homeport areas to address and communicate maritime-related concerns

3.)   Signing of Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to harmonize all government interventions at operational, program, and policy levels with respect to compliance with the MLC, 2006 provisions.


Secretary Baldoz also mentioned another maritime milestone, when the Philippines was voted as vice-chairman of the ILO's Special Tripartite Committee in April 11, 2014. During this special meeting, new amendment has adopted to the MLC 2006 and this is to address the situation of abandonment of seafarers and shipowners’ liability for compensation for seafarers or their families in the event of a seafarer’s death or long term disability. These amendments were approved in June 2014 and are expected to enter into force in 18 January 2017. Any violation and failure to comply may mean that a ship can be detained in a port.


source: DOLE, ILO​

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