MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) predicted on Monday that the deployment of Filipino seafarers would return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of this year.
“From January to March, the first three months of 2023, our deployment is 149,000. So we can see that projectically, by the end of the year we will be back to pre-levels. the pandemic,” she predicted.
During an ambush interview at the Seafarer 2050 summit in Pasay City, the secretary gave those numbers.
The deployment of Filipino workers fell to 270,000 in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she recalled.
Then the Philippines had nearly regained regular deployment figures last year.
“As of 2022, the whole year, we almost exceeded that number, yung pre-pandemic number. We fell short of 15,000 nung in 2022. Our deployment was already 489,852 Filipino sailors,” she explained.
(In 2022, the full year, we almost exceeded the pre-pandemic number. We just fell below 15,000 in 2022. Our deployment was already 489,852 Filipino sailors.)
Ople further stated that more than 505,000 seafarers left the country in 2019.
This meant that there was one Filipino on every international crew of five.
In October 2022, 50,000 sailors were previously at risk of losing their jobs.
The European Union had planned to ban employees from the Philippines.
He had said that the training of the Filipinos was not up to his standards.
However, the ban continued after the Philippines complied with the training requirements.
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