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Licence of seafarer agency cancelled for illegal charging of placement fees

Philippine Overseas Labor Employment office. Photo from  www.poea.gov.ph

The Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) has cancelled the license of a seafarer manning agency for illegally charging placement fees on fishermen deployed to a Taiwanese fishing vessel.

Posted: May 12th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH seafarers get reprieve from EU transport body


Europe’s transportation body has deferred its verdict on the Philippines’ compliance with international maritime standards, giving the country more time to upgrade its seafarers’ education, training and certification systems in the face of a possible ban on Filipino seafarers serving on European ships.

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

Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

Passport stamps don’t lie

HALL OF FAME Susan K. receives Gawad Tanglaw award at ceremonies in San Juan de Letran in Calamba, Laguna, Bantay OCW’s 6th straight win as Best Public Service program.

JP, married with two children, is a marine officer in a cruise line. His wife hates the idea of separation, even a temporary one. She opposed JP’s decision to work as a seafarer. But JP promised his wife that it would not take long. He needed to earn a substantial amount in a short period of time to pay off their debts and enroll their children in good schools.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Envoy optimistic Filipino seafarers won’t be banned in EU vessels

Philippine Ambassador to Belgium  and the European Union Victoria Bataclan

Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union Victoria Bataclan has expressed optimism the country’s maritime schools will pass the European Commission’s stringent safety standards.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

EU official on possible ban of Filipino seafarers : Clock is ticking


Filipino seafarers could soon lose their jobs in the European Union ships if Manila still fails to correct maritime education flaws, a European Commission official said Wednesday.

Posted: October 17th, 2013 in Europe,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »