The Philippines is seeking a Category C seat on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council for 2024-2025, demonstrating its commitment to global maritime leadership. The country has actively promoted its maritime interests and is dedicated to ensuring the safety and welfare of its 1.1 million skilled Filipino maritime professionals. As an IMO member since 1964 and a consistent Category C Council member since 1997, the Philippines has played a crucial role in shaping international maritime policy. Its Category C membership allows it to participate and contribute to policy and decision-making processes that affect its maritime interests.
The Philippines’ commitment to seafarer welfare and industry development was highlighted by Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo and Transportation Undersecretary Elmer Francisco Sarmiento during a diplomatic reception. Initiatives include capacity building, safety measures, environmental protection, and digitalization. If reelected to the IMO Council, the Philippines will continue to actively promote the interests of seafarers and the advancement of the maritime industry.
The IMO Council, which supervises the organization’s work, has three categories: Category A, Category B, and Category C. Category A includes states with the largest interest in providing international shipping services, Category B includes states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade, and Category C comprises states with special interests in maritime transport or navigation. The Philippines aims to secure a Category C seat to ensure representation of all major geographic areas of the world.