By Roy Mabasa
The Philippines has finally acceded to five conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on marine environmental protection, navigational safety and safety of seafarers and to two FAO agreements to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
This came following the Senate’s recent concurrence to the accession by the Philippines to the Anti-Fouling Systems Convention 2001; Protocol of 1997 to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships,1973 as modified by the Protocol of 1978; Protocols of 1978 and 1988 to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention 1974; Protocol of 1988 to the Load Line Convention 1966; FAO Compliance Agreement and Agreement on Port State Measures to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.
With its accession, the Philippines has finally become a Party to the Agreements which support the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals through the protection of the marine environment, addressing climate change and promotion of safe navigation and sustainable fishing practices.
The Department of Foreigns said it is now ready to deposit the Instruments of Ratification to the IMO and the FAO.