IMO re-elects Philippines to council seat

The Philippines once again bagged a seat in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) during its 28th Annual Assembly in London, United Kingdom.

The IMO is the United Nations’ specialized agency responsible for ensuring maritime safety, security and protection of marine environment, while its assembly serves as the executive organ of the agency that is responsible for overseeing the work of the entire organization.

Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) administrator Maximo Mejia said the country was placed under “Category C,” which includes countries with “special interests in maritime transport or navigation.”

The Marina administrator explained that a “Category C” nation has special interest in maritime transport or navigation and whose election into the council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.

Those member states that belonged to the same category include Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey.

Around one-third of the world’s seafarers’ population comes from the Philippines.

Mejia noted that the country, as a maritime nation, is deeply committed to the goals of the IMO in a very concrete manner, particularly on the benefits from the operation of safe and secure ships on clean oceans.

“We rely on the seas to connect our thousands of islands and on its bounty for our food and our economy,” Mejia said.

He also reassured the international maritime community of the Philippines’ adherence to the conventions, rules and regulations set by the IMO and other international regulatory bodies.

“Being the source of more than a quarter of all seafarers on-board ships in the international trade is a position of great responsibility, and the Philippines reassures the international maritime community of its commitment to the letter and intent of the STCW Convention and to ensuring that the world’s ships are manned by able, competent, and qualified seafarers,” Mejia said. IMO re-elects Philippines to council seat National Mirror Friday, December 6, 2013 Maritime 43 www.nationalmirroronline.net

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