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Marina board approves IRR for RA 10635

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) Board approved the implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) of Republic Act No. 10635 through a special board meeting held a little over a week now.

“The completion of the IRRs and its approval is way ahead of the deadline set in the law (RA 10635) itself which provides that said IRRs must be completed and approved six months after its enactment,” said Mejia’s chief of staff, lawyer Jabeth A. Dacanay. “The IRRs were completed and approved during a special board meeting of Marina last July 24, at the agency’s board room in Manila”, added Dacanay.

R.A. 10635 known as “An Act Establishing the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) as the Single Maritime Administration Responsible for the Implementation and Enforcement of International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, as Amended, and International Agreements and Covenants Related Thereto,” was signed by into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III on March 13, 2014.

Marina Administrator Dr. Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr. said: “The IRRs complete Marina’s mandate to consolidate all STCW functions under one roof, giving the Agency the unprecedented opportunity to rationalize government mechanisms for compliance with its obligations under the Convention, and to develop and implement more efficient processes that will benefit of our seafaring compatriots,” as he thanked Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya and the DOTC legal team for their expeditious endorsement of the IRRs.”

Under this new law, also referred to as the Manalo Law as due credit and honor of its principal author, Angkla party-list Rep. lawyer Jesulito A. Manalo, and counterpart in the Senate Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, a “Marina assumes all powers and functions of PRC, CHED, TESDA, DOH and NTC, relative to the issuance, validation, verification, correction, revocation or cancellation of certificates of competency, endorsement, proficiency, and documentary evidence required of all seafarers and all such other matters pertaining to the of the STCW Convention of 1978, as amended, and subject to other conditions also embodied in R.A. 10635.”

Secretary Abaya chairs the Marina Board. The members are a representative from the Office of the President (OP); heads of, or representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), with two observers from the private sector.

Dr. Mejia acknowledged the members of the Multilateral Technical Working Group (MTWG) created pursuant to Marina Special Order No. 514-14, Series of 2014 for their invaluable contribution, expertise, and leadership that led to the prompt completion of the IRRs. He likewise thanked the cooperation and extensive support of DOTC, CHED, PRC, NTC, TESDA, DOH, ANGKLA Party-List Group, U.P. Law Center, and maritime stakeholders that successfully led to the birth of RA 10635.