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EU conceals critical report on Filipino sailors

A EU report criticising maritime training in the Philippines, the world’s largest exporter of sailors, has resulted in the country’s President reacting. In spite of the seemingly serious character of the situation, the EU maritime agency keeps the report confidential.

A  critical report on the quality of the training of Filipino officers, engineers and ordinary sailors ordered by the European Commission in 2010 has never been published in spite of the scathing character of the report and the fact that Filipino sailors are estimated to make up around a fourth of all seafarers in the global commercial fleet.

The contents of the report and threats that the European Commission will stop acknowledging new certificates to Filipino seafarers unless the quality of the many Filipino maritime schools is improved made the Filipino President Benigno Aquine react and secure control of training programmes.

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