As the 21st century saw the rapid globalization of trade, the Philippines once again proves its prowess in the growth of its maritime sector, gradually taking the lead in the global shipbuilding industry while steadily supplying almost a third of the world’s mariners and seafarers – in the years past as well as in the foreseeable future. Developing the Philippines as a Maritime center and the conditions of Filipino professional mariners is vital in sustaining the backbone of the global shipping industry, as more than 70% of the world’s trade products are transported by sea.

Philippines shipyards are building more ships of higher tons such as bulk carriers, container ships and passenger ferries. Approximately 400,000 Filipino seafarers are deployed overseas according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, comprising roughly 30 percent of the global maritime fleet. This number is set to exceed itself not only in quantity but also in quality as the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) is empowered by Executive Order No. 75 issued in April 30, 2012 to coordinate with various government agencies in implementing the standards for the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention) of 1978, putting the country on par with its counterparts across the globe.

The Maritime Committee’s core team on Recruitment and Training is working on solutions to help provide career path development and onshore career opportunities for seafarers as well as the education of naval architects and marine engineers. A lot of research has been done as well as meetings in 2013 to find common grounds, provide expertise input and identify possible contributions or engagements.

The committee acknowledges the role of education in filling gaps both in the technology and the workforce, as well as the increasing need for collaboration of the German and Philippine governments along with the maritime private and educational sectors. A key product of this realization is the proposal to spearhead an Alliance to support Maritime Education. The GPCCI will serve as a platform to bring these different parties together in a coordinated effort to improve the workforce’s quality, increase efficiency and reduce costs by making a long-term investment at the level of maritime educational institutions.

To jump-start the realization of the goal, the Committee will endeavor to identify required standards, practical trainings and quality of graduates we want to achieve. There is also an idea to develop a “Quality Inspection Board” of education institutes to investigate and build partnerships to promising maritime universities and colleges. Key ideas like early screening of potential maritime students, minimizing education cost with programs like study now pay later scheme, and the like were discussed but for further development. With over 400,000 professional mariners and highly educated shore-based talent as possible resources and the future efforts and contributions of the Committee members, the vision would be achievable with your support.


Past Events

Maritime Committee Meeting March 2015 with POEA Officials


Maritime Committee Meeting March 2015 with POEA Officials

Highlighting the continued effort in addressing pressing maritime issues which concern employers, seafarers, and other stakeholders, the Maritime Committee successfully arranged an exclusive meeting with the officials of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) last 3 March 2015 at the Döhle Haus Manila. The meeting was attended by Administrator Hans Cacdac, Labor Attache Ramon Tionloc, and Deputy Administrator Liberty Casco.

The Committee had the opportunity to hear the status of ongoing developments in the POEA’s processes and programs that will maintain the competitive advantage in of Filipino seafarers as well as to ensure their overall protection and promotion. In another welcome development, POEA continues to improve and optimize its procedures and processes through the adoption of the ISO 9001:2008 standard for quality management systems.

The Chamber’s members look forward to seeing the positive changes throughout the regulatory and certification spectrum within the administration that will ensure the Philippines continues to be the number one supplier of choice for professional mariners. These include the optimal utilization of technology in speeding up transactions and services, reviewing process cycles and increasing transparency in enrolling vessels, streamlining procedures for the maritime sector vis-à-vis its land-based counterparts, and improving wage scale registration and reduction.

The Committee affirmed to Admin. Cacdac its activel participation in the creation of an environment conducive to maritime employment. Likewise, it will support POEA policies and programs for the advancement of the Philippine maritime industry particularly in enhancing the welfare of Filipino seafarers.