Marina launches online appointment system

As part of its effort to be at pace with a fast growing maritime technology and automation, the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) launched last May 25, the Marina Online Appointment System. It allows seafarers and stakeholders to have access to an automated system which provides an easier and more convenient way to complete necessary processes […]

Posted by: on May 29, 2018 read more

Strategies that shipping companies can adopt to raise funds

Shipping is a multi-billion-dollar industry and undoubtedly an effective engine that spurs the growth of the global economy. The seaborne trade has been and will always be the channel for distributing goods and cargos, with the distance varying from one port to the next. Without adequate funding support, vessels will not be able to leave […]

Posted by: on May 22, 2018 read more

ISP, NRCO kicks-off 4th Business Plan Contest for Seafarers

FOR its fourth fruitful years, the Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP), together with the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) has launched anew its Business Plan Competition which intends to arm returning seafarers to venture into social entrepreneurship. In a simple gathering last May 18, 2018 at the Labor Governance Learning Center in Intramuros, […]

Posted by: on May 22, 2018 read more

$308-M cruise port proposal sent to Palace

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As part of its mandate to build more infrastructure and facilities to help boost the Philippine tourism industry, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) has submitted to Malacañang a proposal to construct a $308-million cruise port in Parañaque City. In a statement released last week, TIEZA Chief Operating Officer Pocholo D. Paragas said […]

Posted by: on May 22, 2018 read more

Compare and despair

My ten year stint as IMO Regional Coordinator and now continuing work in the maritime field through consultancy works have opened for me a good opportunity of visiting various Asian countries and engaging with maritime officials which allow me to constantly gain extensive knowledge and information on the different circumstances obtaining in each of these […]

Posted by: on May 22, 2018 read more


Does failure to disclose a previously undergone medical procedure constitute concealment or fraudulent misrepresentation as to bar a seafarer from claiming disability benefits from his employer? The High Court, in Almario F. Leoncio v. MST Marine Services (G.R. No. 230357, December 6, 2017), rules in the negative. In this case, the seafarer was repeatedly employed […]

Posted by: on May 21, 2018 read more