• SEAFARERS QUEUE LONG FOR MARINA CERTIFICATE

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    Getting a compliance certificate and seaman’s book from the Maritime Industry Authority also entail long lines and several days of waiting. Nelson Ramirez, president of the United Filipino Seafarers said that seamen would have to start queuing as early as 11 p.m. the previous night to get a number from the agency for the processing of their papers the following day. Ramirez said that before, it took only one day to process the certificates and the seaman’s book. Now, it takes more than 10 days. “How about those people coming from the provinces? Why isn’t the Marina doing something about this?” Ramirez asked. Marina Administrator Maximo Mejia Jr. admitted that there is a problem with the releasing of the certificates and seaman’s book, but vowed to work on the matter. “We will act on it. Give us two weeks,” Mejia told radio station dzMM when sought for a reaction over the daily long lines at the Marina office along Taft Avenue and Kalaw Streets.

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    1. Marina should impose an alphabet coding to minimize queuing , family name starting A-L should queue from 8 am- 12 noon and M-Z should queue from 1 pm -5 pm. This will cut into half those who queue everyday. Marina can even do overtime by accepting papers of Seafarers A-Z applicants from 6 pm -10 pm as a service to our seafarers who give our economy the much needed dollars..