The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will open its online registration system for seafarers on 15 September 2016.
This is following the approval for the Resolution No. 13 Series of 2016 by the POEA Governing Board, which instructs the agency to replace the current Seafarers Registration Certificates (SRC) with an online seafarer's registration.
The SRCs are issued to seafarers with their perpetual identification (ID) numbers for easy access of personal records, and to efficiently process their employment documents.
"This system improvement is in line with our objective to provide speedy and efficient service to our clientele, specifically to the overseas Filipino workers," said Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, in a press release.
According to Bello, the online system is aligned with President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to government offices to review all systems and requirements to avoid duplication and eliminate queuing.
Bello added the online system will benefit around 50,000 SRC applicants annually. Moving forward, he aims to have a universal ID system for seafarers that is acceptable to all government agencies and Port States in compliance with International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention No. 185 or the Seafarer's Identity Document Convention.
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