An Inter-Agency Council for the compliance of International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations has been created by the President of the Philippines on Tuesday (2 July) for the purpose of passing the IMO Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS).
The Inter-Agency Council will ensure “strict and full compliance with the commitments and obligations of the Philippines as a Member State of the IMO, both at the policy and technical levels”, said a signed Executive Order by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
The new Inter-Agency Council sees the Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) as Chairperson, the Administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) as Vice Chairperson, and representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Ports Authority and Cebu Port Authority, as members.
Meanwhile, a Technical Working Group (TWG) has also been created to assist the Inter-Agency Council for providing technical support on specific subjects of the IMSAS.
Part of the duties of the TWG will be to develop and submit to the Council a National Work Programme on the implementation of the relevant IMO instruments.
The TWG consists of representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Ports Authority, Cebu Port Authority, Commission on Higher Education, National Mapping and Resource Information Authority, Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of the Department of Agriculture, Office for Transportation Security of the DOTr, and Philippine National Police Maritime Group.
The Overseas Shipping Service of the Philippines' Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) shall serve as Secretariat of the Council.
Published: 9 July, 2019
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