An estimated 80,000 seafarers who have been assigned to Europe may lose their jobs in
the event that the Philippines fails to pass the European Union (EU) accreditation or audit,
according to the Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines.
When the Philippines fails to audit, European shipping companies will not recognize the
certification of Filipino marines.
“One idea is that all Filipino shipowners are domestic, need to have trainees on board. The
other alternative is we’re looking into a training vessel,” said Department of Transportation
(DOTr) Undersecretary Felipe Judan.
March 2017 when the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) says there are 59 other aspects
that the Philippines does not comply with the necessary standards.
Among the unsuccessful Filipinos are international standards in quality management and the quality
of training of maritime schools in the country.
It is only four months before the deadline provided by EMSA in the Philippines to pass the plan.
But even if it is time consuming, the DOTR thinks, it will be able to get accredited.
The party-list group ACTS OFW also hopes to meet EMSA’s request immediately.
“We are counting on Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero to manage the risks associated with EMSA’s audit and to build up compliance,” said ACTS OFW party-list Rep. Aniceto “John” Bertiz III
Some seafarers also fear that we are often in favor of seafarers in Europe.
“It’s really affected because if they did not approve it, we would have difficulty boarding, and that’s a big salary in the European [Union] … when you lack the experience, you do not even accept it,” said Narciso Macalintal, a seafarer .
If the Philippines fails to pass the EU accreditation, the estimated dollar bill of marine pay remittances will also affect each year.