Filipino Seafarers

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One of the most expected outputs of the Filipino Seafarers National Convention (FSNC) is to draft a Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers to consolidate the seemingly disordered laws relevant to seafarers as well as to enhance the rights, benefits and privileges accorded to Filipino seafarers. In view of that objective, a drafting sub-committee was established from among the members of the National Organization Committee whose primary function is to draft a Magna Carta. It is composed of 18 government and non-government organizations, which were broken down into three working groups. Working Group I discuss the topic on excellence and competitiveness of Filipino seafarers, Working Group II discuss their rights and protection, while working Group III discuss their empowerment. There were four meetings held by the drafting sub-committee, separate from the Working Groups I and II, which had one (1) meeting each. In the process of drafting the Magna Carta, several references were considered. Foremost of these are twenty (20) pending legislative measures relevant to overseas employment. Bills filed in the 11th Congress relevant to Filipino seafarers were also considered. Provisions deemed beneficial to seafarers were lifted and incorporated in the draft. Some of these bills are new proposals while others are proposing to amend existing laws, rules and regulations. Several provisions from existing laws which are considered important and relevant were also considered important and relevant were also considered. These laws include the Labor Code of the Philippines, Migrant workers and other Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 or Republic Act 8042, Standard Employment Contract of the POEA, International Convention on the STCW?78, as amended, thirty-six (36) International Labor Organization Conventions relevant...
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