The Marino party-list outlined improvements to the nation's standing in the maritime sector by putting the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) and the shipping industry on its priority legislative agenda.
During a meeting with Marina officials on Friday, August 19, Marino representatives noted that one of their priorities is the growth of Marina in different parts of the Philippines to bring its services closer to seafarers residing outside the metros in processing their documents.
House Deputy Majority Floor Leader and Marino party-list Rep. Carlo Lisandro Gonzalez already submitted bills that seek to establish regional offices in Ilagan City, Isabela; Puerto Princesa City and Balanga City, Bataan.
"Bringing the primary maritime office of the government to our seafarers is essential. It lessens the burden of traveling to other regions just to process and claim their documents, and it also means less expense to the seaman," Gonzalez said.
To help the organization fully carry out its obligations, Marino will also submit legislation that will consolidate Marina's duties and responsibilities.
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The party-list bared its intention to step up initiatives aimed at strengthening the Philippine maritime sector through laws focused on shipbuilding, ship repair and ship registry. These are designed to promote the Philippines' economic empowerment and increase the job prospects of local seafarers.
"The maritime industry in the country is incomplete without our shipping sector, and creating policies to improve its performance will open economic possibilities to the country," Gonzalez said.
"The shipping sector is an asset of the Philippines and what we must do now is to boost its potential," he added.
The Marino party-list and Marina's partnership is still strong in the new administration. Marino ensures that it will actively push for this agenda in the House of Representatives with the recent opening of the Congress and the resumption of committee hearings.