An online registry will be available to Filipino seafarers starting next month, to replace the Seafarers Registration Certificates (SRC), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said Tuesday.
According to POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 13 issued August 5, the online registration system will be implemented starting September 15, 2016.
Some 50,000 yearly SRC applicants are expected to benefit from the new system, which is aimed at minimizing long lines in POEA offices and is aligned with President Rodrigo Duterte's directive for government offices to review all systems and requirements to avoid duplication of functions and to eliminate queueing.
The POEA issues SRCs to seafarers with their perpetual ID number for easy access of personal records and efficient processing of employment documents.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the board's chairperson, said the online seafarer registry willlikewise pave the way for the development and implementation of a universal identification system for Filipino seafarers.
He said having a universal ID system for seafarers that is acceptable to all government agencies and Port States is in compliance with ILO Convention No. 185 or the Seafarers' Identity Document (SID) Convention.
Under the resolution, the POEA is directed to link up with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to look into the possibility of data sharing and development of a universal ID system for seafarers.
The POEA is set to conduct an extensive information dissemination campaign before the implementation of the online registration system. —KBK, GMA News