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New plan for Philippine maritime schools to ensure EU acceptance

Today, Monday, the Philippine government unveiled a new plan to improve the country's many maritime schools, aimed at securing their acceptance by the EU. This happens on the day before two EU envoys arrive in Manila to perform another review of the schools.

MANILA: The Philippine government and the country's maritime authorities, MARINA, presented a new plan on Monday that will, hopefully, secure the EU's approval of the country's maritime schools and training of the approximately 50,000 mariners who graduate from them every year.

The plan was unveiled at the last minute, as two EU envoys are arriving tomorrow to continue the evaluation process of the quality of the schools and, thus, the competencies of the many Philippine mariners employed on ships worldwide. One significant problem has been that a jumble of Philippine state institutions have made it nearly impossible to introduce and ensure the quality of the education, along with the lack of a single institution responsible for issuing warnings and fines.

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