Philippines backs seafarer ID
27 January 2012Philippines has finally ratified the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 185 (C185), which supports the internationally recognised biometric seafarers' identity document. The move means that Filipino seafarers – who make up a quarter of the world's merchant shipping crews – now have the right to shore leave and disembarkation without the need to obtain a visa in many countries.
ITF seafarers section secretary Jon Whitlow said: “This is significant news. This move by the world's largest crew supply country sends a strong signal to nations worldwide that seafarers' rights to shore leave and safe transit must be respected. At the same time the intention of the convention to enhance security has also been carried forward."