BRENDA V. PIMENTEL

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The Philippine maritime industry is overwhelmed by numerous bureaucratic entanglements as it struggles to understand the policy and regulatory structures governing its various sectors. Then as now, maritime functions are moved from one agency to another, and often without a thorough analysis of the reasons behind it. No one disagrees…

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One principle in implementing any government policy is formulating it with groups that would be most affected by it. For the sake of transparency, public consultations are required before any policy is implemented to ensure stakeholders and beneficiaries’ wider appreciation and support. More often than not, though, such consultations are…

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This question was asked by the Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP) in a forum last week to express concern over the leadership vacuum at the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) after Engr. Marcial Amaro 3rd’s dismissal as its administrator. Not even one at the level of deputy administrator had been appointed…

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The title of this week’s column does not refer to waiting for the appointment of the new administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina); someone has already been named to the post. Rather, it’s about the pending maritime issues and concerns that need to be addressed, but continue to be…

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THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) was in the limelight again last week, this time over the arrest of five individuals working for the agency who were involved in selling examination questions for marine officers to a maritime review center. Marina has disowned those arrested, claiming that all except one were…

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THE new year saw another official of the Duterte administration sacked for excessive overseas trips, despite that official’s claims that attending various international meetings was necessary. Engr. Marcial Quirico Amaro 3rd was axed as chief of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), apparently based of the complaint filed by the agency’s…

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Despite the maritime concerns that surfaced recently, I feel it’s urgent to deal with yet another issue that could have far-reaching consequences on the seafaring sector, unless a clear position is adopted on it. This issue essentially asks: are merchant marine cadets seafarers? This question has been discussed among industry…

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At the start of 2016, the Philippine maritime industry—or should I say, some of its stakeholders—was eager to get the candidates for the highest position in the country to include in their election platform the adoption of a national maritime agenda. They succeeded in getting one of the candidates to…

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Last of three parts If we care enough for the Filipino seafarer, then let us try to understand why removing the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) functions from the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) at this point would compromise his standing in the seafaring global market. I…

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Second of three parts Filipino seafarers are professionals and skilled workers who are certificated in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). However, they experience conflicts not with their employers, per se, but with fellow seafarers on the ship. Physical abuse hardly…

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