By Charissa Luci
The House committee on overseas workers has passed the proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers which seeks to promote the welfare of country’s seafarers and their families.
The panel, chaired by BUHAY partylist Rep. Mariano Michael Velarde, Jr. approved the unnumbered bill, which substituted HBs 78, 457, 574, 1356, 4360 and 4525.
The bill aims to improve seafarers’ working conditions, their terms of employment and career prospects and to uplift the socio-economic well-being of their families, Velarde said.
Covered by the bill are Filipino seafarers engaged, employed, or working in any capacity on board Philippine registered ships operating domestically or internationally, as well as those on board foreign registered ships.
Under the proposed “Magna Carta,” seafarers shall have the right to safe and secure workplace that complies with safety standards; decent working and living conditions on board a ship; medical care, welfare measures and other forms of health and social protection; and fair terms and conditions of employment including salary commensurate to their rank, hours of work, basis for wage computation, minimum number of working hours, and rest period consistent with Philippine laws or international maritime conventions, when applicable.