July 28, 2023

PHILIPPINES still top maritime crew supplier

THE Philippines remains a top crew supplier to the global fleet and will soon be a “global maritime hub” following strengthened maritime education and training services in the country, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said. The infrastructure, port developments and modernization of the whole transport industry will accelerate the country’s bid to be a global maritime hub, he said in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 24.The President said that maritime education in the Philippines has been strengthened so that Filipino seafarers can continue to excel. “This will progress and solidify our country’s position as a ‘global maritime hub’ through the steady supply of competent Filipino seafarers to foreign merchant marine vessels,” he said. Marcos added that the “bane of the mismatch between jobs and skills among our workforce is being rectified through strengthened government-industry-labor-academe partnerships and the continuous reskilling and upskilling training programs that we have put before our workforce.” The recent changes in shipping technologies require the upskilling of nearly 2 million seafarers, 25 to 30 percent of whom are Filipinos.