Gulf of Aden risk downgraded

Reduction in pirate activity leads to pay cut.

Hazard pay for seafarers passing by Gulf of Aden limited as risk status downgraded

By: Veronica Uy

MANILA – Hazard pay for seafarers passing by the Gulf of Aden, which used to be a favorite spot of sea pirates, has now been limited under certain areas and conditions, it was learned Tuesday.

After consulting with manning associations, seafarers’ unions, and ship owners’ associations, the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued new guidelines defining high risk areas and benefits due to seafarers that apply to the Internationally-Recognized Transit Corridor (IRTC) within the Gulf of Aden.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the POEA Governing Board issued GBR 26, Series of 2014, supports the amended High Risk Area Agreement reached between social partners comprising the International Bargaining Forum on 5 June 2014.

“The resolution is effective on 1 October 2014, hence, I have instructed the POEA and the Labor Communications Office, as well as stakeholders, to join in its extensive dissemination to ensure wide circulation and knowledge of this resolution,” Baldoz said.

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