Retrain: Teachers as tracers, Seafarers as construction workers, says DOLE Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay

PHL migrant workers retrain for life at home
Andreo Calonzo & Siegfrid Alegado/Bloomberg News September 25, 2020 https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/09/25/phl-migrant-workers-retrain-for...

THE Philippine government is trying to retrain hundreds of thousands of Filipino workers who are returning jobless from overseas as the pandemic batters economies around the globe.

PH seafarers face rough waters: Lockdowns, costly testing halt Filipinos’ return to jobs in maritime industry

PH seafarers face rough waters: Lockdowns, costly testing halt Filipinos’ return to jobs in maritime industry
Maricar Cinco September 25, 2020 https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1339959/ph-seafarers-face-rough-waters

Philippine Ports Authority COVID-19 RT-PCR Molecular Testing Center for seafarers now operational

Philippine Ports Authority COVID-19 Molecular Testing Center for seafarers now operational
2020 September 23 https://en.portnews.ru/news/302166/

With the end goal to facilitate the movement of seafarers to and from the country, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has formally opened a dedicated RT-PCR Molecular Testing Laboratory for this purpose.

Seafarers’ music in the time of pandemic

Seafarers’ music in the time of pandemic
ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO September 23,2020 https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/341447/seafarers-music-in-the-time-of...

Despite the pandemic, music plays a special role on Filipino seafarers’ life, whether at sea or on land.

It is an understatement to say that karaoke is a central part of pop culture of Filipinos, including seafarers whether on board or in between contracts.

Marina hosts 2020 National Maritime Week

Marina hosts 2020 National Maritime Week
Yashika F. Torib September 23, 2020

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) spearheaded this year’s National Maritime Week in celebration of the milestones that the multi-sectoral industry has accomplished for the past year.

US Tugboat cyber-attack: the experts respond

US Tugboat cyber-attack: the experts respond
Ilaria Grasso Macola 22 September 2020

The recent attack on a US tugboat has highlighted the increase of cyberattacks in the maritime sector. We spoke to three cybersecurity experts to find out what the industry can do to shield itself.

Cybercriminals are infiltrating the maritime sector, carrying out increasing attacks not only on shipping systems but also on vessels.

US online shopping boom amid Covid-19 buoys Asia's shipping industry

US online shopping boom amid Covid-19 buoys Asia's shipping industry
SEP 22, 2020

SEOUL (BLOOMBERG) - An online home shopping boom in the US has sent transpacific sea freight rates to the highest on record, helping the container shipping industry in Asia.

Exports of household appliances from South Korea to the US jumped 51 per cent in August from the same period a year ago, climbing for a third consecutive month, Korea Customs Service data show. Shipments of computers, notebooks and other associated gadgets soared 169 per cent.

Shipping Industry Calls on EU for Plan to Safely Disembark Migrants

Shipping Industry Calls on EU for Plan to Safely Disembark Migrants
09-23-2020 https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/shipping-industry-calls-on-eu...

Governing Board Resolution No. 13: POEA issues guidelines on seafarers protection during pandemic

Guidelines on seafarers protection during pandemic issued
Ferdinand Patinio September 22, 2020 https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1116086

MANILA – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has issued guidelines that would assure the protection and benefits of Filipino seafarers during unfortunate situations in their deployment or repatriation due to Covid-19 related reasons.

Why the IMO should move its HQ from London to Singapore

Why the IMO should move its HQ from London to Singapore
Andrew Craig-Bennett September 22, 2020 https://splash247.com/why-the-imo-should-move-its-hq-from-london-to-sing...

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