The official Facebook page of MARINA's STCW department posted a photo (link here) to inform all shipping company, fishing company, manning agencies, seafarers and all concerned about the new MARINA circular no. 2016-05 that cite the amendment of the old circular no. 2009-10.
The amendment states as follows:
- The SIRB shall be valid for ten (10) years.
- For onboard application for SIRB validity extension is one (1) year.
- Replacement of lost/damage SIRB is the same validity of the previous unexpired SIRB.
|Seafarers lining up for application of SIRB (new and renewal),
at MARINA's office in SM Manila.
Signed by MAXIMO Q. MEJIA, PhD, MARINA Admimistrator.
The decision was on last minute, as there will be a new incoming MARINA Administrator in part of the new Philippine government administration under the 16th president elect Rodrigo Duterte starting on July 1, 2016.
The camp of Duterte also announced the willingness to extend the Philippine Passport validity to ten (10) years and we are looking forward to that.
It has been a long struggle to us seafarers renewing past SIRB with only 5 years validity, in which was only used to 2-4 contracts.
Aside from, we can save a chunk of money and we can conserve a great amount of resource, It is indeed a good news and a great convenience to all seafarers because we can now enjoy our vacation being with our family rather than before spending it on long lines for renewal.
What is your reaction to the new 10 year validity of Philippine Seaman's Book ? Do you think the Philippine Passport should follow immediately?
Let's hear your thoughts on the comments below.