Almost a month after he was installed as the new Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) administrator, Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero inspected the SIRB processing center inside SM City Manila.
Guerrero was reportedly “dismayed” upon seeing seafarers and seafarer aspirants swarming before the center to get their Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB) early morning of May 21.
The SIRB or what is commonly called by many seafarers as “seaman’s book” is a photo bearing entity document issued to sea-based Filipino workers. On this other blog post, we discussed who is qualified/exempted to apply for a seaman’s book.
Going back to the grueling SIRB processing in the capital city, the limited processing centers eventually result to long queue of applicants in SM Manila. Some seafarers were even observed sleeping in the mall’s parking area not to miss their chance to apply for/renew SIRB on that day.
To address this issue, Guerrero said that his agency eyes to open additional processing centers, presumably inside malls like the one in SM City Manila. Guerrero also ordered his men to stretch their working hours (of course, with pay) to prevent backlogs.
This post is inspired by DOTr.
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