Manila: On the eve of the commencement of the 17th Congress, ANGKLA Party-list has achieved yet another feat for the Filipino seafarers. ANGKLA Representative Jesulito A. Manalo succeeded in convincing the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to amend its existing rules and policies on the validity of the Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB). MARINA issued Memorandum Circular 2016-05, extending the five-year validity period of the SIRB to ten years. It amends MARINA Circular No. 10, Series of 2009, specifically paragraph VI thereof which provides a five-year validity period of its duly issued SIRB.
In ANGKLA’s letter of 8 May 2016 to MARINA Administrator Maximo Mejia, Jr., Rep. Manalo recommended that the said 2009 Circular be revised by extending the validity of SIRB to ten years and to issue SIRB with more pages that can last for the duration of the ten-year period. During his constant dialogues with seafarers and other stakeholders of the maritime industry, Manalo noted that the longer validity period of the SIRB and additional pages for the booklet were recurring proposals raised to him.
“Certainly, a longer validity period of the SIRB containing more pages will alleviate the burden of seafarers as far as time, effort and money they spend for renewing or revalidating their seaman’s books are concerned. In the same way, MARINA can save too in their manpower and other costs relative to its regulation, processing and printing of these documents. The issuance of a new Circular is thus a welcome development for the maritime industry.” Manalo said.