Families of Filipino seafarers who died in Vietnam sea mishap will receive assistance and benefits and will be compensated—Baldoz

Date Posted: January 6th, 2015 05:32 AM

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday expressed concern and condolences to the families and relatives of two Filipino seafarers who perished in a sea mishap and said the families will receive all appropriate government assistance. “They will also receive all the benefits due them in accordance with their employment contracts and the provisions of the collective bargaining agreements covering the shipowners and the Associated Marine Officers and Seafarers Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) of which the seafarers are members,” said Baldoz in a press statement. At the moment, Baldoz said the DOLE’s main concern is to ensure that all necessary assistance are provided to the families of the seafarers employed on the MV Bulk Jupiter which sunk off the coast of Vietnam on 2 January. The ship was carrying a load of iron ore. The ill-fated vessel, according to a report of POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, had a full complement of 19 Filipino seafarers when it capsized. One of the 19 Filipino seamen has been rescued. The labor and employment chief said the local manning agency of MV Bulk Jupiter, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, has informed her that it has deployed a company representative to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to facilitate the repatriation of the rescued Filipino seafarer, the ship’s chief cook, as well as the remains of two other seafarers whose corpses had been recovered from the sea. Baldoz also said she had been informed that the Vietnamese Coast Guard is continuing with the search and rescue operation for the other crew members of the ship. The Department of Foreign Affairs had said its Philippine Embassy in Hanoi is coordinating with the Vietnam Maritime Research and Rescue Coordinating Center and the Philippine Honorary Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City in gathering updates and making arrangements for the repatriation of the rescued seafarer and the remains of the two seafarers. “We are in close contact with the manning agency which has promised to go to the POEA today to submit a report,” she said. As this developed, Secretary Baldoz instructed POEA Administrator Cacdac to convene a meeting of the Overseas Seafarers Committee of the Maritime Industry Tripartite Council to discuss the recent incident and come up with an action plan to prevent or minimize accidents. “The MITC should also come up with a ready mechanism on effective coordination with manning agents and shipowners,” she directed. Baldoz emphasized that the DOLE’s paramount concern is to ensure the welfare of Filipino seafarers and their families, especially when maritime accidents happen. She said that with 300,000 Filipino seafarers deployed annually there is always the likelihood that a Filipino seafarer may be onboard when a ship is reported to be involved in an accident anywhere in the world. END

Created Jan 26th 2015, 11:00


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