Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has announced that the Philippines has been elected vice-chair of the Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006, in Geneva.
The special committee, esta–blished by the Governing Body of the International Labor Organi–zation (ILO) in accordance with Article XIII of the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006), held its first meeting at the ILO in Geneva from April 7-11, 2014. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Chief Hans Leo Cacdac led the Philippine dele–gation to the meeting.
In a report to Baldoz, Cacdac said the committee is composed of Members with “special com–petence in the area of maritime labor standards”, and its man–date is to keep the working of the MLC, 2006 under conti–nuous review.
“This is in accordance with Article XIII of the MLC, 2006 and is reflected in the Standing Orders adopted by the ILO Governing Body. The Philippines, as vice chairman, will serve for a period of three years. Our role as vice-chair is to attend officers’ meetings and huddles during the sessions, in order to sort out issues and concerns in the course of the meetings,” he said.
Canada was elected as chair–man and Denmark as chair of government group, Cacdac. He further added that the Com–mittee has an important role under Article XV of the Con–vention with respect to con–sideration of amendments to the Code of the MLC, 2006.
Baldoz welcomed the election of the Philippines to the special committee, saying it indicates the stature, reputation, and respect that the country has earned as an active member of the ILO and its instrumentalities.
Meanwhile, Cacdac reported that the committee deliberated on amendments to the MLC, specifically those pertaining to financial security on abandon–ment and death/long-term disability of seafarers.