MARINA Board Approves IRR of RA 10635

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS


MARITIME INDUSTRY AUTHORITY

 

PRESS RELEASE
24 July 2014


MARINA Board Approves IRR of RA 10635


The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Board approved today the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act No. 10635 through a Special Board Meeting, held on 24 July 2014 at the MARINA Board Room. The completion of the IRR and its approval is way ahead of the prescribed deadline which the law mandated, i.e. six (6) months after its enactment.

 

RA 10635 “An Act Establishing the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) as the Single Maritime Administration Responsible for the Implementation and Enforcement of International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, as Amended, and International Agreements and Covenants Related Thereto” was signed into law on March 13, 2014 by His Excellency, Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

 

“The IRR completes MARINA’s mandate to consolidate all STCW functions under one roof, thereby giving the Agency the unprecedented opportunity to rationalize government mechanisms for compliance with its obligations under the Convention and to develop and implement more efficient processes that will benefit our seafaring compatriots. We are grateful to Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya and the DOTC legal team for their expeditious endorsement of the IRR” expressed MARINA Administrator Dr. Maximo Q Mejia, Jr.

 

Under this new law, also referred to as the Manalo Law in honor of its principal sponsor, the MARINA assumes “all powers and functions of the PRC, CHED, TESDA, DOH and NTC, relative to the issuance, validation, verification, correction, revocation or cancellation of certificates of competency, endorsement or cancellation of certificates of competency, endorsement, proficiency and documentary evidence required of all seafarers and all such other matters pertaining to the implementation of the oversight in the implementation of the STCW Convention 1978, as amended.”

 

The MARINA Board is chaired by the DOTC Secretary, and the members are: the Office of the President (OP); the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA); the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) with two (2) Observers from the private sector.

 

Mejia is proud to acknowledge the members of the Multilateral Technical Working Group (MTWG) created pursuant to MARINA Special Order No. 514-14, Series of 2014, for their invaluable contribution, expertise and leadership that led to the prompt completion of the IRR. He likewise thanked the cooperation and extensive support of DOTC, CHED, PRC, NTC, TESDA, DOH, ANGKLA Partylist, U.P. Law Center, and maritime industry stakeholders.

 

 

MARINA, MARITIME PHILIPPINES, We Move the World.

The Maritime Industry Authority is an attached agency of the Department of Transportation and Communications tasked to accelerate the integrated development of the maritime industry in the country. It has been implementing reforms and programs to transform the country’s domestic shipping industry to global competitiveness and the MARINA into a premiere maritime administration in Southeast Asia. For more information, visit marina.gov.ph.

 

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