Stories written by Agent Tinig

NoTo550 Coalition: Automation of P550 terminal fee an Affront to Seafarer, OFW Rights.

In the interests of OFW migrant workers, the #Noto550 Coalition is refusing to concede defeat in connection with the airport terminal fee integration scheme, at least until the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) finds a way to implement it without causing undue burden for OFWs. The Coalition called on the Department of Transportation and Communication […]

Posted by: on Apr 05, 2015 read more

Piracy drops but crew kidnapping at sea rises; Asia replaces Somalia as hot spot.

After a few years of notably lower incidences of piracy in the world’s seas, it becomes apparent that there is absolutely no room for complacency. While attacks in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean are at an all-time low since the pirate scourge that began in 2008, recent reports also indicate a concentration of […]

Posted by: on Apr 04, 2015 read more

Include Anti-Ambulance Chasing Bill in priority, lawmakers told.

The proposed Anti-Ambulance Chasing Act should be included in the list of priority measures that Congress will pass before the adjournment of the second regular session in June, the United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) said. This developed as Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” M. Angara has filed Senate Bill No. 2627 entitled An Act Protecting Seafarers and […]

Posted by: on Apr 03, 2015 read more

Ex-Modernization of Philippine Domestic Shipping Industry

The shipping transport industry plays a very significant role in the country’s development. Considering our coastal and archipelago mapping of the country, shipping provides an important means of interisland transport. That is, the bulk of the domestic trade, interisland travels are all dependent on shipping. Considering this role, an efficient shipping industry that facilitates the […]

Posted by: on Apr 02, 2015 read more

Purging of Undesirable Schools; MARINA Makes a Bold Move

Low-profile Dipolog City Institute of Technology has been offering maritime courses and had over the years produced thousands of graduates, some of whom are now employed as ship officers serving the world’s maritime fleet. The Mindanao-based maritime school was practically a small player in the maritime academic league that was dominated by big campuses such […]

Posted by: on Apr 01, 2015 read more

EU maritime expert: MARINA ill-equipped to lead growth of shipbuilding sector

A foreign shipbuilding and ship repair expert has belittled the capability of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to steer the local shipbuilding sector to its full potential while the same sector has been hijacked by multinationals. Thomas Wissmann, a foreign consultant for the European Commission who was commissioned to undertake a study of the country’s […]

Posted by: on Apr 01, 2015 read more