April 18, 2024

DMW to recommend Strait of Hormuz as high risk area to protect Pinoy seafarers

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) on Tuesday said it will push for the designation of the Strait of Hormuz as a “high-risk area” (HRA) for seafarers following Iran’s recent seizure of a cargo vessel near the waterway. DMW officer-in-charge Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac said in a news release that their recommendation would ensure the safety and well-being of Filipino seafarers as well as other personnel on board ships that traverse the area. “By spearheading the push for this high-risk area designation, we are taking a proactive stance to encourage stricter enforcement of security measures and provide our seafarers with the necessary safeguards during their passage,” Cacdac added. He said representations would be made to the International Bargaining Forum (IBF), which brings together the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the international maritime employers that comprise the Joint Negotiation Group (JNG). “The DMW is committed to working with various stakeholders in the global maritime industry to achieve this crucial designation of the Strait of Hormuz as an HRA. We believe that only through collective efforts can we ensure the safety of our seafarers,” said Cacdac.

LINK: https://ptvnews.ph/dmw-to-recommend-strait-of-hormuz-as-high-risk-area-to-protect-pinoy-seafarers/