Go wants Filipino seafarers’ protection

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go delivered a co-sponsorship speech on the proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers Act during the Senate plenary session last Monday, 22 May. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Raffy Tulfo, Chair of the Senate Committee on Migrant Workers.

In his speech, Go, as one of the authors of the bill, emphasized the importance of passing the legislation to safeguard the rights and welfare of Filipino seafarers, who he referred to as the “unsung heroes” of the maritime industry.

One of the key concerns raised by Go was the long working hours and limited rest periods experienced by seafarers. To address this issue, the proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers Act includes clear guidelines on maximum working hours and adequate rest periods.

“With this, we can address the issue of fatigue and enhance the safety and well-being of our seafarers,” he said.

Additionally, the proposed legislation recognizes the importance of seafarers’ medical care and access to healthcare services, including mental health support.

The Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers Act also places emphasis on training and skills development. The bill promotes quality training programs that enable seafarers to acquire essential expertise and skills, thereby enhancing their competence and effectiveness in their profession.

This provision, according to Go, not only benefits individual seafarers but also raises the global competence of the country’s maritime workforce.

Go then emphasized that Filipino seafarers have long been in need of comprehensive protection and support.

“It is high time that we pass this bill to establish a framework that guarantees their rights, improves their working conditions, and upholds their dignity,” he said.

Go also welcomed the Senate approval on third reading of a measure institutionalizing teaching supplies allowance for teachers.

Senate Bill No. 1964 or the proposed “Kabalikat sa Pagtuturo Act” was principally authored and sponsored by Sen. Bong Revilla, Chair of the Senate Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation.

As co-author and co-sponsor of the measure, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go recognized the importance of supporting and improving the economic situation of teachers through the passage of the bill.

“The passage of the ‘Kabalikat sa Pagtuturo Act’ is a significant step towards promoting quality education in the country,” Go added.

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