Filipino Seafarers : 3 in 1!

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Seafaring is highly regarded as a risky and physically demanding career not just because of never ending maintenance job onboard but also, of harsh weather and sea conditions. Filipino seafarers however, have the unique & innate ability to cope easily with difficult situations at sea. This characteristic usually wins the minds of foreign ship owners to hire Filipino workforce to man their fleet. We are the preferred choice for in one way or the other, we know how to go the extra mile and make a difference.

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Whether the weather is good or whether the weather is bad, Filipino seafarers are men of steel.The hard work, courage and determination we possess serve as our ticket to fly high and be recognized globally as catalysts of positive change.

 Moreover, we toil not only to support our own families but also for nation building being the primary source of the country’s income through remittances we send home.

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The recent EMSA Audit showed that Philippines should exert more effort to standardize its seafarers particularly when it comes to our training and education. No one wants to be blacklisted, not even the least concerned individual of our great nation. However, a light of hope stroked through the overcast sky when European shipping magnates plead not to cease hiring Filipino seafarers. This only show that even we were slightly disabled, we still worth a weight of gold! Though we are being valued, we should effectively recognize and rectify our own lapses. We are the world’s agents of change and it’s just right to keep up the good work and embark on innovative measures to improve our weaknesses, as is necessary and practicable.

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Thank you for supporting the 19th National Seafarers Day Celebration!

One thought on “Filipino Seafarers : 3 in 1!

  1. Bienvenido S. Lorque

    That is why the government thru DOTC and MARINA has to give significance about EMSA finding relative to “ineffective” monitoring of maritime schools and training centers, likewise, “inefficient” implementation of quality management system including our certification system and NOT taking or transferring the function of PRC to MARINA particularly in giving licensure examination which is not under the provisions of STCW Convention neither be called an International Convention.

    MLC 2006 is purely an International Convention supposed to be under MARINA as clearly stipulated under the mandates of R.A. 10635, but why is it that it was given to DOLE, thus making our system complex rather than simplex?

    Let’s face and resolve seafarers problems in an honest way NOT that leading the seafarers into the dark labyrinth where way out is no where or difficult to be found. Airport Terminal Fee is another. R.A. 10022 clearly state that OFW’s including seafarers are exempted from PAYING, but why is it that on Memo Circular No. 8 of MIAA it obliged OFW’s and seafarers to pay airport terminal fees with a provisions that it can be refunded later with respect to the provisions of law?



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