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Filipino seafarers on heightened alert

ALL EYES ON EBOLA A nurse adjusts his protective goggles in the isolation room for Ebola patients at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City. The health department said it would conduct specialized training programs for health workers to help them detect and treat the highly infectious disease.  RAFFY LERMA

MANILA, Philippines—The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has placed on heightened alert all shipping firms and manning agencies as well as the nearly 400,000 Filipino seafarers deployed worldwide against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 4,500 lives, mostly in West Africa.   Citing an advisory issued by the Bureau of Quarantine, […]

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipino seafarers barred from disembarking in Ebola-hit countries

In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014,  a public information board explains the symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus in the city of  Freetown, Sierra Leone.  AP FILE PHOTO

Filipino seafarers will not be allowed to disembark in countries in West Africa with confirmed cases of Ebola to prevent further spreading of the deadly disease that has already claimed nearly 1,000 lives, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.

Posted: August 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

With more than 7,000 islands, can PH be an int’l cruise destination?

Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia.  INQUIRER.net/Matikas Santos

With more than 7,000 islands throughout the archipelago, international cruise ship companies are looking at the Philippines as a possible cruise destination, Philippine Ambassador to the United States (US) Jose Cuisia said.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH maritime industry given time to implement reforms—DFA

Department of Foreign Affairs building. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Maritime industry was given additional time to implement reforms by the European Union to meet international regulations, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Posted: May 8th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Employer’s lapses, not Filipino workers, blamed for US oil rig blast

Gulf of Mexico map

United States federal agency on Monday pointed to “failures” in workplace safety precautions of oil platform operator Black Elk and its contractors for the oil rig blast that killed three Filipino workers on the Gulf of Mexico last year.

Posted: November 5th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »