By Geneia Verdejo
THE Maritime Industry Authority on Friday has launched the online appointment system to speed up the processing of Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book.
Moreover, starting November 5, Filipino seafarers can use the SIRB Online Appointment System which can be accessed through MARINA’s official website (www.marina.gov.ph)
The online appointment is one of the innovations in the MARINA’s Integrated Management System to ensure strict and uncompromising quality procedures in the delivery of public service.
The implementation of the SIRB Online Appointment System is in line with the computerization and automation of all MARINA processes that was identified in its 14 Point Agenda for 2018.
MARINA continues to provide faster, more convenient, and more efficient public service to maritime stakeholders, especially to Filipino seafarers who contributed US$5.8 billion in the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017.
Filipino seafarers may save time and energy in processing their seaman’s book, thus allowing more time for their families and loved ones while they are on a vacation.
The SIRB Online Appointment System was launched during the “Usapang STCW Forum,” participated by approximately 500 maritime stakeholders. STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch keeping for seafarers.
The forum tackled maritime education, training, and certification for Filipino seafarers such as the MARINA’s framework in producing competent seafarers, MARINA’s strategies in ensuring quality maritime education through outcome-based education, as well as the STCW for Seafarers 1978, as amended.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) led the discussions on the control procedures to verify the required sea service of Filipino seafarers, while the Department of Health (DOH) cited the established medical standard for medical fitness and procedures for the issuance of medical certificate for seafarers.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Joint Manning Group (JMP) announced the employment opportunities on board international vessels.