VICE President Jejomar Binay on Sunday allayed the fears of Filipino seafarers that they would be blacklisted from European-flagged vessels in light of the coming audit of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in October.
Binay said that businessmen in a meeting assured him that the Philippines would not be blacklisted from European-flagged vessels.
The Vice President reported that he met with businessmen in Germany in June to discuss the measures that the government has been undertaking to improve the country’s maritime industry.
“This was again reaffirmed to me last July by the Vice President for External Affairs of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines [ECCP] Henry Schumacher,” he added.
Binay, thus, told seafarers that they should not worry about being blacklisted from European-flagged vessels.
“I want to assure you that there is nothing to worry about,” Binay told seafarers who attended the 18th National Seafarers Day in Manila
However, Binay also reminded Filipino seafarers not to be complacent and instead build on such assurance to further improve their skill sets.
“These assurances are heartwarming, but should not be reason for us to relax our drives or aims,” Binay said.
He added, “Passing the EMSA audit is important but it should only be the first of many goals that we seek to realize.”
“EMSA is but a port of call as we complete our voyage of reasserting the Philippines as a maritime powerhouse, the first choice when it comes to seamen and marine professionals,” he said.