ANGKLA, the country’s maritime party, launched its nationwide campaign for the 2019 midterm elections through simultaneous events held in Metro Manila, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Iloilo, Bohol and Cebu last February 12.
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ANGKLA, represented by Congressman Jesulito Manalo, is currently seeking its third term after serving in the 16th and 17th Congress. As the sole maritime party in the House of Representatives, ANGKLA has spearheaded the passing of four laws, namely:
- RA No. 10668 (Revisions Liberalizing the Cabotage
Act) which aims to lower shipping costs, moderate
scoast wide trade and improve the country’s logistics performance;
- RA No. 10706 (Seafarers Protection Act or the Anti Ambulance-Chaser Bill) to protect seafarers from abusive lawyers and exorbitant legal fees;
- RA No. 10698 (Naval Architecture Law) which aims to produce world-class naval architects who will design, build and repair Philippine ships;
- RA No. 10635 (The MARINA Bill) designating the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) as the single maritime administration responsible for overseeing the country’s compliance with the STCW Convention.
Aside from advancing its legislative agenda for the maritime sector, ANGKLA has worked tirelessly to secure seafarer rights and livelihood through initiatives and projects across the country. These include providing scholarships for maritime students, bringing home seafarers detained overseas, securing funding for the construction of the MARINA Main Building and Seafarer Centers in Cebu, Iloilo and Bacolod, working for the extension of the validity of the Seaman’s Book to 10 years, extending medical assistance to seafarers and their families, among other notable efforts.
Along with Congressman Manalo, ANGKLA is also represented by its Vice-Chairman, Capt. Ronald S.J. Enrile. ANGKLA is listed as #36 in the official election ballot.