MANILA – Seamen seeking to obtain their respective certificates of proficiency (COP) are complaining about the long lines at the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).
Several seamen said they wait in line for hours in front of MARINA's office along Kalaw Street in Manila because the processing of the certificates takes a long time.
A COP is a document showing that a seaman underwent mandatory training. required under the International Maritime Organization - Standard Training Certification of Watchkeeping Convention of 1978.
There are currently an estimated 500,000 Filipino seafarers, MARINA said.
Samuel Batalla, chief of MARINA's certification division, said the agency is finding ways to expedite the process.
Previously, the issuance of COPs is a task of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). – report from Noel Alamar, dzMM