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Filipino seafarers: How the Philippines Emerged as the Largest Supplier of Seafarers in the World (2018_2_40_023)

The Philippines, the world's largest supplier of seafarers, plays an important role in the supply of seafarers, which are the foundation of global logistics, although it has been driven by the rise of China in recent years. In this research, we extract the legal tasks for seafarer development and protection in international shipping using the case in the Philippines. Specifically, we will analyze how the Philippines has changed its policies and laws concerning seafarer training, overseas employment support and legal protection while responding to the changes in the global seafarer labor market, such as seafarer shortages in advanced shipping countries Then, we will try to clarify why the Philippines was able to become the world's largest supplier of seafarers. When performing the analyses, we will focus on the interrelationships between global norms formed by international organizations and local institution building, as well as the role of developed country donors and private actors in crew training and other matters.

April 2018 - March 2020

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Chibana Izumi
[ Co-researcher ] Imaizumi Shinya
[ Co-researcher ] Amante Maragtas S. V.
(Professor, University of the Philippines, School of Labor and Industrial Relations)
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