PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
DOLE develops new courses for Filipino seafarersby Susan G. de Leon
MANILA, Jan. 11 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE) and the Maritime Training Council (MTC) are rushing the development of 11 new maritime courses for Filipino seafarers in line with the revised standards of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The new courses seek to update the current Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) through amendments adopted during a conference in Manila last year and will become fully effective in 2017.
The revised STCW from the IMO took effect this year, but it provided a five-year transitional period, which will end in 2017, to allow its member-countries to comply.
In a news release, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that seven out of the 11 new courses will be available to maritime trainees this year.
The new courses which will be submitted to the Maritime Training Council (MTC) for approval and pilot testing during the first quarter include Able Deck, Able Engine, Advanced Training for Oil Tanker Cargo Operations, Basic Training for Oil and Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations, and Electro-Technical Officer.
It also includes modules like the Security Awareness Training and Security Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties in response to the increasing threat of pirates in international waters.
“Sailors must be able to take these new courses by 2017, failing to do so, they will no longer be allowed to work abroad,” Baldoz added. (DOLE/RJB/SDL-PIA NCR)