M etro Manila, December 4, 2017 — The Philippines has been re-elected to the council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations (UN) specialized agency that has 172 member-states in charge of maritime safety, security, and maritime environment protection.
Obtaining 124 of 160 votes cast on December 1, 2017, the Philippines was again elected to the Council under Category C, placing 13th among the 20 elected IMO member-states under the said category — a big leap from its previous 18th ranking in 2015.
Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Al Amaro said being elected anew, and obtaining higher ranking, in the prestigious body of the UN “is definitely an honor for the country.”
He and attributed this to the strong and progressive image of the Philippines under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte, and the good reputation of Filipino Seafarers to worldwide maritime operations.
“We could not have done it without the strong and progressive image established by the Philippines, through our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in the international community. The Philippines winning a slot in this prestigious international maritime Council is not only a victory for the DOTr, but a victory for Filipino seafarers, the entire Philippines, and for all of us Filipinos,” he said.
Amaro said another key factor was the all-out campaign made by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Maritime Sector, which includes MARINA, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and Philippine Cost Guard (PCG), all working under the guidance of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade with the help of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
“The DOTr Maritime Sector, through the MARINA, PPA, and PCG, has worked hard for this. Our campaign was done within IMO only, with 172 member states in too short a time with very limited resources. But we succeeded for the Philippines. A success by the DOTr, and the entire Philippines, in the World Maritime Community,” Amaro added.
Government figures showed that Filipino seafarers have been the preferred top of employers in the the global shipping industry. They compose over 25 percent of the 1.5 million mariners worldwide, infusing an estimated US$5.575 billion to the country’s economy via their remittances.
The IMO council is elected by the Assembly, which is composed of all IMO member-states, for a two-year term beginning after each regular session of the Assembly.
The Council serves as the executive organ of the IMO and is responsible for supervising the work of the organization.