POEA issues guidelines on online registration of Pinoy seafarers
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has issued guidelines on the online registry of seafarers as part of government effort to secure a universal identification for Filipino sailors.
“The online seafarer registry shall likewise pave the way ... for Filipino seafarers' identification that is acceptable to all government agencies and Port States in compliance with ILO Convention No. 185 or the Seafarer’s Identity Document Convention” said POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac in a statement.
This set of rules is in compliance with POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 13, Series of 2016.
Some of the guidelines include:
Those who may register are marine and non- marine categories, and land-based workers who are in possession of skills and work experience required of a particular sea-based position
Registrants should be at least 18 years old (except cadets); graduate of maritime courses or any related courses applicable to maritime employment; with Seafarer’s Information and Record Book (SIRB) issued by MARINA; and with no medical or legal impediments to qualify for overseas employment
Cacdac said seafarers should register to be included on the list of qualified seafarers for overseas employment, which will be source of valuable information on maritime labor market for policy research and development.
Also, he said that the online seafarer registry system was implemented to replace the seafarer registration certificate (SRC), which was issued exclusively at the POEA main office.
The online registration is absolutely free and is available at the POEA website poea.gov.ph. starting September 26, 2016, he added.
Cacdac likewise said that seafarers who have previously registered under the SRC system need not use the online registration system. — LBG, GMA News