GLOBAL DEMAND FOR PH SEAFARERS STILL HIGH

We appeared in The Manila Times:

“Seafarers lost jobs at the height of the enhanced community quarantine when lockdowns forced people to stay indoors, suspending pre-departure trainings, renewals of certificates and licenses, applications for visas, and medical examinations.

The manning sector’s warning that the situation could force foreign shipowners to replace Filipino seafarers with other nationalities led to the creation of the Green Lane.

“There were instances that we lost job opportunities over to foreign seafarers,” said Iris Baguilat, president of Doehle Seafront, the Philippine crewing arm of Germany-based Doehle Group.”

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