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Reacting to my column last Saturday on the subject of safety management system, friends in the maritime sector asked what is it we should expect Government’s next step to ensure that the safety management system (SMS) works. We all know that whenever a maritime casualty takes place, government response involves…

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Improving domestic ferry safety is a subject to which government has given much attention. For two consecutive years during the past administration, the Philippines was host to international meetings on domestic ferry safety. The mantra “Safety at sea at all times” could be heard from the highest maritime officials down…

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The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has joined the 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW). The PCG Commandant Rear Admiral William M. Melad launched the campaign, which carries the theme “VAW-free community starts with me,” at the PCG Headquarters in Manila on November 28. The event kicked off the…

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The 18-day period from November 25 to December 12 is dedicated to the campaign to end VAW. VAW means “violence against women’, a phenomenon that persists even in the most developed nations. The 18-day campaign spans the period from November 25, which is the International Day Against VAW, up to…

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Last week, the Philippines was host to three Asean maritime events, the 42nd Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) from November 14 to 16, back to back with the 22nd Asean Transport Ministers Meeting (ATM) from November 17 to 18, and simultaneously with STOM was the Asean Port Authorities (APA) meeting.…

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THE 42nd meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Ports Association (APA) will be held at the Solaire Resorts Hotel, Parañaque City on November 15 and 16. The event, hosted by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will bring together the top port executives and decision makers from the member nations…

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As a follow-up to last week’s article, which focused on the protection of the marine environment and in keeping with the growing interest on pushing for better air quality, it is important to bring to the fore the decision taken by the 70th session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection…

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CARGO throughput in Philippine ports through the first nine months of the year climbed 9 percent from the same period a year earlier, boosted by strong exports, the latest data from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) showed. Total cargo throughput from January to September this year reached 183.730 million metric…

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