Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gov't to develop universal ID system for Pinoy seafarers

The government is set to develop a universal identification system for Filipino seafarers, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced Monday.
In a statement, Bello said the new ID system will 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 chairs.

Under the resolution, the POEA will be coordinating with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to develop an online registration system for seafarers by September 15, 2016 and will conduct an information dissemination campaign to Filipino seafarers and licensed manning agencies to create awareness of the benefits of the online registration system.

At present, Filipino seafarers are given Seafarer’s Registration Certificate with ID numbers for easy access to their POEA records and for the efficient processing of their employment certificate.

"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."

MARINA, on the other hand, issues Seafarer Identification and Record Book (SIRB) in compliance with the International Labor Organization Convention No. 108, 1958, which serves as the Filipino seafarers identification document while on board ships.

ILO has also adopted Convention 185, or the Seafarer’s Identity Document Convention, which introduced modern security features into the seafarer’s ID that shall be recognizable to all member states accessing the ID Cards through the implementation of International Civil Aviation Organization Documents 9303. —KBK, GMA News

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