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The Maritime Industry Tripartite Council finally approved the resolution supporting and endorsing the draft Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers to the 16th Congress during the MITC Plenary Meeting held on 09 March 2015 at the AMOSUP Convention Center in Intramuros, Manila.

The draft bill is a consolidation of all Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers’ bills filed in Congress and an output of an MITC Technical Working Group composed of representatives from labor, employer and government sectors. Comments and inputs from the maritime stakeholders during the Area-wide Advocacy and Consultation Workshop on the Implementation of the MLC, 2006 were also discussed during the series of TWG meetings.

The draft Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers seeks to ensure protection of the rights and welfare of Filipino seafarers by recognizing their rights, instituting mechanisms for the enforcement and protection thereof, providing for compulsory benefits, and implementing the standards set by the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Chairperson of the MITC, said that just like any other bill, the bill will go through various stages of the legislative process but it will be endorsed as tripartite to the Congress.

Atty. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez, Director of the Bureau of Labor Relations, said that the stakeholders may still comment on the draft Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers during the deliberation of the bill in Congress. (Honey Glaze Alipio)