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Silver lining in EU threat to ban Filipino seafarers

Standard of training and certification in the Philippines is being raised, which is in everyone's interest

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InterManager says that the European Union has indicated that bans would not be imposed against valid and active Certificates of Competency (CoCs) - PHOTO: AFP

FOR many years, men and women from the Philippines have left their homes to work on the world's merchant fleet. Over the past three or four decades, as open registers have largely replaced nationally manned fleets, the number of Filipinos at sea has gone up, to the extent that they now account

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