The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has issued the guidelines on the online registration of seafarers that will replace the seafarer registration certificate (SRC), which is issued exclusively at the POEA main office.
POEA administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said seafarers for marine and non- marine categories, and land-based workers who are in possession of skills and work experience required of a particular sea-based position may register.
The registrants should be at least 18 years old (except cadets); graduate of maritime courses or any related courses applicable to maritime employment; with Seafarer?s Information and Record Book (SIRB) issued by MARINA; and with no medical or legal impediments to qualify from overseas employment.
Cacdac said seafarers who have previously registered under the SRC system need not register using the online registration of seafarers.
He said seafarers should register to be included in the list of qualified seafarers for overseas employment which will be source of valuable information on maritime labor market for policy research and development.
?The online seafarer registry shall likewise pave the way for the development and implementation of a universal identification system for Filipino seafarers that is acceptable to all government agencies and Port States in compliance with ILO Convention No. 185 or the Seafarer?s Identity Document Convention? Cacdac added.
Cacdac said the online registration is free and is available at the POEA website starting Sept. 26, 2016. — PIA