Around 30,000 Filipino seafarers are to be vaccinated within June, as the country is rolling out a nationwide vaccination program for its seafarers in the facilities of the Association of Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP).
statement by AMOSUP revealed that the use of their Seamen’s Hospitals in Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao was approved by the technical working group (TWG) composed of key government agencies, including Marina, Poea, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), Department of Health-Bureau of Quarantine (DoH-BoQ), Association of Licensed Manning Agencies (ALMA), and the Joint Manning Group (JMG).
The schedule of vaccination will be based on the deployment plan that the domestic ship operators and local manning agencies will submit to the Philippines Marine Industry Authority (Marina) every month, according to The Manila Times. Seafarers will then be instructed to register through Marina’s Seafarers Covid-19 Vaccination Platform.
Last week, Marina also informed of an extension in the validity of STCW certificates up to 31 December 2021, as a temporary contingency measure amidst COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, all certificates expiring from 1st July to 31 December 2021 shall be extended for one more year.
Earlier this week, Philippines Department of Transportation also extended the travel ban for travelers coming from seven countries:
- United Arab Emirates
- Sri Lanka
Philippines is a major seafarer supply nation for the global shipping industry, with 730,651 active seafarers according to Marina data.