BRENDA V. PIMENTEL

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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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The Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP) called on Rep. Jesulito Manalo of Angkla party-list to present the advocacies of the movement and identify areas of convergence with the legislative platform of the representative’s party. Manalo lists the bills on the effective implementation of the International Convention on the Safety of…

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House Bill (HB) No. 5685 entitled “Instituting the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers” impresses me as an initiative of translating into national law the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006), which the Philippines ratified about five years back. The convention embodies up-to-date standards of existing international maritime labor conventions that…

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I was clearing the stack of papers that have piled up on my desk, intent on resuming the much interrupted reading of books written by Philippine contemporary writers Sionil Jose and Ambeth Ocampo when I glanced over a set of powerpoint presentation of the Shipyards Association of the Philippines (ShAP).…

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(Last of two parts) The creation of a “Department of Migration and Development which shall be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing and administrative entity of the executive branch of the government that will plan, develop, and manage the national migration and development agenda” as proposed by Section 4 of…

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(First of two parts) When I was requested by some friends in the maritime industry on my thoughts about House Bill (HB) No. 192 creating a Department of Migration and Development, I was unsure I should even look it up as I do not see any direct connect to maritime.…

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(Last of two parts) The Philippine population of 15 years old and over was recorded at 68.311 million based on the Labor Force Survey conducted in October 2016. Of these, 43.361 million or more than 60 percent were in the labor force. There were of those in the labor force…

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(First of two parts) In a recent event convened by the Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP), stakeholders who are engaged in maritime education and training, and those who deploy Filipino seafarers for shipboard employment on ships plying international waters met to discuss their respective sub-sectoral roadmaps. The roadmaps reflect what…

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address made reference to the maritime industry as he highlighted sea connectivity through the nautical highway. The launch of 15 new roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) vessels as a program during his term and deserving mention in his SONA is a positive sign he thinks…

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