Philippines cracks down on inferior maritime schools

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MANILA, Philippines—The government is cracking down on substandard maritime schools after the European Union threatened to ban Filipino seafarers due to the “insufficient quality” of their training in the country.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has passed two resolutions to improve the quality of education of Filipino seamen.

“Two resolutions have already been adopted and published. The first resolution will require new trainees to take the full management course, while the second will require those with existing deficiencies to address them,” Baldoz said.

The European Union Maritime Safety Agency  earlier this year said it may stop the hiring of Filipino seafarers by the end of this month if the government failed to reform maritime training in the Philippines.

Baldoz said the government was looking into having one government agency that would oversee the needs of the maritime industry.

“During our meeting with Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa together with the EU representatives, our instructions were to draft an Executive Order to identify a single authority and how the other maritime agencies will be linked to it,” Baldoz said.

Baldoz said she was optimistic the EMSA would approve of these reforms and continue hiring Filipino seafarers.

“Yes, we will be able to comply,” she said.

Around one-third of the world’s seafares are Filipinos and the Philippines remains one of the top providers of seafarers abroad.

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  • Anonymous

    Dapat bigyan ang CHED ng awtonomiya sa kanilang badyet gaya ng tinatamasa ng hudikatura upang maglakas loob ang pamunuan nito na masusing kilatisin ang kalidad ng mga iba’t-ibang dalubhasaan sa ating bansa. Hindi lamang eskwelahang pangmarinong hindi pumapasa sa kalidad ng pagtuturo at pagsasanay ang dapat ipasara ng gobyerno, nariyan din ang mga biglang nagsulputang kolehiyong pang-nursing na karaniwang pag-aari ng mga politikong nakaupo sa Kongreso, na laging nagbabantang tatapyasan nito ang badyet ng CHED kapag sinilip nito ang kanilang walang kalidad nilang eskwelahan.

  • shane oy

    sus kada uwi ng seaman puro nga sila training. Tapos wala palang kwenta ng training nila napeke na naman sila ng mga training agencies.

  • Anonymous

    THE EU IS JUST  STATING IN REVERSE WHAT IS THE BEST SEAFARERS IN OCEAN GOING VESSELS, THE FACT THAT THE PH. CANNOT SUPPLY THE DEMANDS BY OVERSEA SHIPPING FIRMS INCLUDING EUROPEANS FOR OFFICERS BECAUSE OF THE STRICT SCREENIGN BY PRC & OTHER AGENCIES IN THE PH MAKING IT HARDER TO RECRUIT MORE OFFICERS FROM THE PH., THE EUROPEAN COMPANIES PREFER TO HIRE FILIPINO SEAFARERS SINCE THEY KNOW THE JOB WELL AT PAR WITH THE EU MARITIME OFFICERS AND THEIR SALARIES ARE A LOWER THAN THOSE IN EU, THAT IS THE TRUTH & REALITY OF THE SHORTAGE OF OFFICERS FROM THE PH., HA, HA, HA? MY EXPERIENCE WITH SHIPS OF INTERNATIONAL FLAG IS 70% OF EU OFFICERS ARE JUST PLAIN LAZY IN THEIR JOBS, OK? YOU CAN COMPARE THOSE MANNED BY FILIPINO SEAFARERS  IN THE PERFORMANCE & MAINTENANCE OF THEIR SHIPS COMPARED TO OTHERS WITH EU OFFICERS & CREW, OK? EU OFFICERS ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS TO THE FILIPINOS, THAT’S THE TRUTH!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BCEWOO6RAKPSC6D5ZN57UI4HPY Pedrino Gonzales

    What best seafarers? Usually it is only rather the cheapest. Have you ever seen how, f.i., a German seafarer is learning and experiencing his profession? It is really like a college, but with all the equipments and technology in real. And they practise on real ships. Contrary, our nearest maritime school has no ship, no advanced equipment and technology and practise is few short inter island trips on the usual very old second hand ships that gt damaged or sink so many times. The whole RP marine has no real modern, big ship, no tanker, no ship which runs on computers and satellite navigation. Students learn from books and pictures. If there is a Filipino higher rank on foreign ships, then after additional teaching and training, even here they graduated as engineers. Of course foreign companies which have to match the strict EU rules on ship and crew, will not always invest plenty time and money for first teaching PH sailors who still request the same salaries or even more than the well educated  EU seafarers.
    The same is for airplanes. There are courses offered at colleges that have absolute nothing which would belong to a real plane or an engine. Not even such maintenece facilities at the nearest local airport. In Europe, schoo;s have access to planes, airport facilities, have own laboratories with real engines, navigation etc.
    Do you wonder that they are not satisfied with RP schools that are still 20 years behind in technology and teach from papers? The government should not accept schools which offer courses without having the needed up to date facilities in real.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ruben.maceda Ruben Maceda

    the title of the article is misleading. there is no crackdown in its content.as usual the media has given a twist on the report of EMSA and the response of the Philippine Government.

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