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Snap-On Life Jacket, Seen as Key to Sea Safety in the Philippines

More than 20 years after the tragedy of MV Dona Paz it seems the problems of sea vessels in the Philippines is much of the same kind, overloading, dilapidated ships, technical error and under maintenance ships.

In a move to change this dire situation, Marina chief Maria Elena Bautista says that by January 1, 2010 snap-on life jackets will be mandatory in all seagoing vessels.

This is also prompted by the most recent two sea mishaps which believe to have claimed the lives of more than 30 people.

Every year sea mishaps are a scenario specially during peak seasons of May and December.

Meanwhile, the Blue Ribbon Committee of Senator Richard Gordon is set to submit its Committee recommendations to the senate sighting possible legislation and solutions to this tragedy after tragedy in the sea.

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