• Govt mulls universal ID system for seafarers

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    FILIPINO seafarers will soon have their own universal identification system, as the government is set to develop one for them, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said.

    Bello, in a statement, said the new ID system would be “acceptable to all government agencies and port states in compliance with relevant conventions.”

    The development of the universal ID system for seafarers was formalized by Resolution No. 13, Series of 2016, of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s (POEA) governing board that Bello heads.

    The resolution states that the POEA will coordinate with the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) to develop an online registration system for seafarers by September 15, 2016 and conduct an information dissemination campaign among Filipino seafarers and licensed manning agencies to create awareness on the benefits of the online registration system.

    The Filipino seafarers at present are being given the Seafarer’s Registration Certificate with ID numbers for easy access to their POEA records and for the efficient processing of their employment certificates.

    “The POEA has established a Seafarer’s Registry to maintain a pool of qualified seafarers,” Bello said.

    “This is essential for policy research and supply and demand analysis,” he added.

    Marina issues the Seafarer Identification and Record Book in compliance with International Labor Organization Convention 108 of 1958, which serves as the Filipino seafarers’ identification document while on board ships.

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