Beginning January next year, all Filipino seafarers would undergo training to prepare themselves against pirate abduction in the high seas, the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) announced Thursday.
The training, which is not expected to last more than a day, is aligned with the module of the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners and will begin on Jan. 15, POEA chief Jennifer Manalili said.
According to Manalili, the module would be conducted outside the existing pre-departure orientation seminar so that it would be more “thorough and extensive."
“And this would not have additional cost for the seafarers. It will be shouldered by the manning agency," said Manalili.
Filipinos who take the module will be given a certification by the POEA and only then could they be deployed overseas.
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