Thursday, October 30, 2008

New POEA policy; Disadvantage for Filipino Seamen

The president of the United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) Nelson Ramirez said that the new policy of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to disembark Filipino seafarers in their ships at the last port before passing through the “high-risk area” would discourage ship owners to hire Filipino seamen.

“Kung ako ang ship owner hindi na lang ako maghi-hire ng Pinoy. Magulo ‘yan,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez also added that crew members of a ship are not allowed by port authorities to disembark at a port if it not their destination yet.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said he would oblige a resolution by the POEA governing board that would declare specific coordinates in longitude and latitude covering 516.8 nautical miles of Gulf of Aden entering the Red Sea as high-risk.

Roque explained that Filipino seafarers may opt to stay on board when passing the high-risk area or disembark on a port before the high-risk area without facing any sanctions from the ship owners.

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