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Seamen should now register with POEA online

New seafarers will now be required to register online for free as the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) launched its latest website.

Last Monday, POEA finally issued its guidelines for its new system, which takes effect today, to streamline the processing of seafarers.

“This aims to maintain a registry of all qualified seafarer applicants in accordance with the requirement of their occupation and to have an essential source of valuable information on maritime labor market for policy research and development,” POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said in a three-page memorandum circular.

The new requirement will cover seafarers for marine and categories except those, who already have their Seafarers Registration Certificate (SRC).

Registrants must have the following qualifications: At least 18 years old, except cadets; medically fit or with no legal impediments for overseas employment; and holders of Seafarers Information and Record Book (SIRB).