Mayor: Seafarers are the country's ambassadors

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Thursday, June 26, 2014


THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) gave seafarers due recognition Wednesday as the country celebrates June 25 as the “Day of the Seafarer.”

With this year’s theme “Pinoy Seafarers: Proudly Moving the World,” Marina, as the program’s lead implementer, lined up a series of activities – the dressing of all ships at port, simultaneous blowing of ships’ horns, floral offering and ecumenical prayer, honoring the departed seafarers, and a motorcade around the city.

Mayor Oscar Moreno, who was the guest speaker, lauded the contribution of the seafarers in the country whose sacrifices made the country proud.

He said the monetary consideration of being a seafarer is not everything.

“But what’s more important is the image you bring of our country. You are the Philippine ambassadors that wherever ports of call you maybe, you bring the image of the Filipinos, you being the best seafarers in the world,” Moreno said.

At the atrium of SM Mall, a mass was celebrated followed by a program at the car park where different line agencies – the Philippine Coast Guard and its auxiliary, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the Maritime police, and students from the different maritime schools and shipping companies – joined in the celebration.

Engr. Emmanuel Carpio, Marina regional director for northern Mindanao and Caraga, said that the celebration is a yearly occasion to give honor to the seafarers of the country, who represent 25 percent of the total seafarers in the world.

“As to the Philippines registered vessels operating overseas manned by Filipino seafarers, our statistics show that we have reached our highest peak in 2009 and 2010 with 170 ships with the corresponding high number of Filipino crew. In 2012, Marina recorded the lowest number of registered ships and Filipino seafarers,” Carpio said.

Marina said its objective is to nurture and strengthen the competitiveness of the Philippines maritime industry and enhance functional performance as the single Maritime Administration in the implementation of the 1978 Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 26, 2014.

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