Bataan First District Rep. Geraldine Roman is pushing for the comprehensive protection of the rights and welfare of Filipino seafarers through House Bill 7235 or the Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers.
In her statement last Friday, Congresswoman Roman said that given the life-threatening nature of their work, it is only right that there is a law that ensures their security, safety, position, and medical needs. “Isinusulong ng House Bill 7235 o ang Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers ang komprehensibong proteksyon ng karapatan at kapakanan ng ating mga kapwa mandaragat na Filipino,” she said. “Sa kanilang buwis-buhay na trabaho, nararapat lamang na mayroong batas na titiyak sa kanilang seguridad, kaligtasan, posisyon, at medikal na pangangailangan!” she added. House Bill 7325 or the proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers aims to develop a pool of competent and world-class seafarers through a system of education, training and licensing.
The bill outlines the rights and welfare of seafarers and was approved by a voice vote on second reading at the House of Representatives on March 1, 2023.