BRENDA V. PIMENTEL

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Shipping company Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corp. (APFC), which owns and operates the FastCat roll-on/roll-off ferries, has teamed up with Women in Maritime Philippines (Wimaphil) to hold a company outreach program in Bulalacao town, Oriental Mindoro province from November 30 to December 3, 2017. The four-day program aims to make a…

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An Asia-wide group of women engaged in the maritime sector has chosen a Filipino as its leader and another for a key post at its recent conference that dealt with the United Nations’ (UN) development goals, particularly on gender equality. During the conference held in Dili, Timor Leste, on November…

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This coming week, from November 6 to 10, eight Filipino women engaged in the maritime sector will join their counterparts from 15 Asian countries in Dili, Timor Leste to discuss on how they could support achieve the UN Agenda 2030, under which are 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). The Regional…

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One issue which the Philippine maritime industry continuously face is the implementation of maritime conventions. It is disturbing enough that this archipelago takes decades before ratifying a convention, but more appalling is the propensity to defer implementation through national legislation. The extensive maritime conventions adopted by the International Maritime Organization…

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As this column sees print, I would be enroute to Manila after participating in the conference in Alexandria, Egypt, to assist in the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) activity of establishing the Arab-WIMA (Women in Maritime Association). The Arab women who came to the inaugural meeting of the Arab-WIMA (AWIMA) represent…

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An exception to the general perception that the Philippine maritime industry does not receive the muchneeded attention it deserves as one potent tool for economic development in this archipelago is in respect to the STCW implementation. STCW refers to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for…

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One of the most pronounced changes at the STCW Office of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) is the holding of regular dialogues with the industry players. Where before there was queuing not only of seafarers getting their certificates and documentation but also of stakeholders wanting to seek audience with the…

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For one who has built her career in the world of maritime, I was witness to decades of infighting among maritime agencies which do not seem to agree on the delineation of functions upon the self-proclaimed wisdom that they are the best for the job. (It is as if they…

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Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 316 Declaring the month of September as Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month (MANA MO). This proclamation demonstrates the importance this government gives to the country’s maritime character. The direction is clearly stipulated in the said presidential issuance, i.e. to harmonize, integrate…

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