THE Philippines is undergoing a mandatory audit under the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Member State Audit Scheme (Imsas) from October 2-9 to assess the nation’s adherence to IMO instruments, which reflects its commitment to global maritime standards.
As a responsible IMO member since 1964, the Philippines has ratified 28 IMO Instruments and continues to enhance its maritime industry.
The Imsas audit evaluates the compliance of Member States in fulfilling their obligations under various IMO Instruments, which encompass critical areas.
Marina is expected to carry out its obligations and responsibilities as flag, port, and coastal state in the implementation and enforcement of IMO instruments about the safety of life at sea, prevention of pollution from ships, seafarers training, certification, and watchkeeping, load lines, tonnage measurement of ships, and prevention of collisions at sea.
This rigorous audit shall be conducted at periodic intervals not exceeding seven years. It underscores the nation’s commitment to upholding international maritime standards.
To facilitate effective collaboration among government departments and agencies, two crucial executive orders (EOs) were issued: EO 159, series of 2021, and EO 84, series of 2019.
Government entities including the Department of Transportation, Department of Foreign Affairs, Marina, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Ports Authority, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Cebu Port Authority, National Mapping and Resource Information Authority, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, and National Telecommunications Commission have all actively prepared for this audit.