Online registration for Filipino seafarers set

BY NEXT month, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is already set to implement the online registration system for Filipino seafarers.

Based on POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 13-2016, the Seafarers Registration Certificates (SRC) is already set to be replaced by an online seafarer registry starting September 15.

“This shall remove long lines at POEA offices for the SRCs issued to seafarers for easy access of personal records and efficient processing of employment documents,” noted the Resolution dated August 4.

The POEA noted how the online SRC system is aligned with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive for government offices to review all systems and requirements to avoid duplication of functions, eliminate queuing, and facilitate delivery of services to OFWs.

Around 50,000 SRC applicants per year are expected to benefit from the POEA’s the online registry system.

In a related development, the POEA is also looking at soon developing a universal ID system for Filipino seafarers.

According to the POEA, Filipino seafarers will soon be issued a universal identification system, which they can use wherever their jobs take them.

“The way forward is to have a universal ID system for seafarers that is acceptable to all government agencies and Port States,” said POEA Governing Board Chairman Silvestre Bello III in a statement.

He noted how having the universal ID system goes in accordance with the provisions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 185 or the Seafarers' Identity Document (SID) Convention.

Bello said they are already coordinating with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in looking at the possibility of data sharing and development of a universal ID system for seafarers. (HDT/Sunnex)
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