BRENDA V. PIMENTEL

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First of two parts Many times we hear allusion to lack of laws as the cause of the many problems confronting this archipelago and most often this allegation is disputed by those who say blame it to ineffective implementation and enforcement of laws. The latter observation is most evident in…

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The Philippines, while claiming to be the top supplier of seafarers to global shipping is at the same time endlessly facing the problem of lack of available berths for shipboard training to thousands of merchant marine students who completed their academic instructions. Shipboard training is part of the academic requirements…

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The need to update the Philippine Merchant Marine Rules and Regulations 1997 (PMMRR’97) is one topic that always arouses the interest of maritime stakeholders. In one meeting I attended, someone called attention to how thin the book containing these rules and regulations was, as if their insufficiency or obsolescence could…

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Last week, I attended a stakeholders’ forum on National Maritime Polytechnic’s (NMP) completed studies, and I am convinced the results of one of them should be shared, not only because these are particularly relevant now in light of National Women’s Month, but also because it shows how great gender inequality…

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After it had been set aside for a time, the discourse on where the Philippine maritime industry is now has resumed and even picked up momentum, with stakeholders holding consultative meetings under the auspices of the National Coast Watch Council (NCWC) and the Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP). These meetings…

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March 8 was International Women’s Day and March is National Women’s Month. The advocacies, accomplishments, and pursuits that women in the Philippines would like to highlight are so many that an entire month, not just a single day, is needed to celebrate them all. March is when women get discounts…

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) recently expanded their partnership to assist Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines, in implementing the former’s marine-environment protection conventions. These conventions are on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1978 as amended, and annexes 1, 2 and…

SEA-THROUGH

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As the Philippines deploys thousands of Filipino seafarers to ships, some are also returning home after completing their contracts and others have decided to retire. In my decades of working in the maritime industry—first at the Maritime Industry Authority, then at the International Maritime Organization, and now doing maritime consultancies…

SEA-THROUGH

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One issue that refuses to die is the cap on foreign trips that President Rodirgo Duterte had imposed on government officials and employees. After several agency heads were sacked in the last few months, another official is now under fire for having traveled overseas more times than those dismissed officials…

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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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