CEBU CITY -- Twenty-three-year-old Jerome Dinoy was supposed to go home last October but decided to go on a three-month extension of his contract to fulfill a promise to his father.
He is planning to buy a close to a hectare lot as his birthday present to his father who will be turning 59 on February, said his mother, Joydie Dinoy.
“Maayo kaayo nang bataa kay kami permi ang gihuna-huna kay gusto gyod niya nga malipay mi (He’s a good son who always thinks of us and wants us to be happy),” Joydie told Sun.Star Cebu.
Jerome, a native of Barangay Day-as in the town of Cordova, was among the four Cebuano seafarers who remain missing as of Sunday after Bulk Jupiter, a cargo ship, sank off the waters of Vietnam last January 2.
Being the eldest of the all-boys siblings of five, Jerome assume the responsibility of being a breadwinner.
When he started working as a seaman after he graduated in 2011, he told his father Romulo to stop working.
Romulo is a plumber and was the only one working for the family prior to the employment of his son.
“Kay edaran na lagi iyang papa di na niya pa trabahuon. Kada tawag ana niya managita gyod na sa iyang papa aron sa masiguro nga wa na gyod mo-trabaho (He doesn’t want his father to work because he’s already old. Each time he calls, he looks for his father to make sure he is not working anymore),” Joydie said.
He was a scholar of a Norwegian organization who managed to become the top one of his class when he graduated.
He finished magna cum laude at the University of Cebu in Lapu-lapu and Mandaue campus.
“Humble gyod nang bataa, wa siya misulti namo nga top one diay siya, nahibong nalang mi pagtawag ug pag-paso namo atol sa iyang graduation (He is humble, he didn’t tell us he was top one in class, we were just surprised when he was called to the stage during graduation),” his mother recalled.
Romulo said that Jerome even asked his permission when he decided to extend his contract.
“Ingon siya nga, pa, mo-extend lang ko kay mag-party ta inig birthday nimo (He said, pa, I’ll just extend my work so we can have party on your birthday),” Romulo said.
If the ship was able to reach China, as their destination within the week, Romulo said his son would have been home next week.
“Mouli na siya kay Sinulog na kuno di gyod kuno mahimo nga di siya makatambong (He wanted to go home because it will Sinulog he had to go home),” Joydie recalled what Jerome told her during their last conversation.
On New Year’s eve, Jerome was able to call his family through Skype.
“Lipay kay siya kay kompleto iyang mga manghud nga panagsa ra kaayo mahitabo kung manawag siya (He was very happy because everybody was around, which was rare when he calls),” she said.
Joydie said there were no traces that something bad will happen to them as his son continued to be jolly during the entire conversation they had.
They even had their party aboard the ship as they welcomed the new year during the conversation.
On that day, the ship was already on its to China after they left the port of Malaysia where they have dry-docked for two weeks.
On New Year’s day, Joydie said she was still in contact with her son through Facebook as they greeted each other a happy new year.
It was only on the afternoon of January 2 when the family knew what happened to the ship where Jerome is aboard after his former high school teacher told his brother of the news.
“Pagtan-aw nako sa balita, ingon gyod ko nga ilaha gyod tong barko kay permi man na niya ipakita namo kada tawag niya perti gyod nakong hilak (When I saw the news I knew it was their ship because he always showed it to us, so I cried cried),” Joydie said.
It was only Sunday when Joydie calmed down when the agency where Jerome belongs called them to inform that they’re on their way to Vietnam to get updates on the search and rescue operations.
Though uncertain of her son’s fate, Joydie is positive that he will be back home safe.
“Bright tong bataa, sakto sa training maong hugot akong pagtuo nga naka-survive siya. Basin naa ra to siya sa duol nga mga isla, napadpad ug nahuwat ra nga ma-rescue (He’s intelligent, had enough training, that’s why I strongly believe he survived. Maybe he’s just in a nearby island, waiting for rescue),” she added.
The National Government is ready to help the Filipino seamen involved in the sunken Bahaman cargo ship off the coast of Vietnam, a Palace official said on Sunday.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Embassy in Hanoi had received a note from Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that officially confirmed the sinking of cargo vessel Bulk Jupiter on Friday off the coast of Vung Tau City.
“Nakahanda naman pong tumulong ang ating pamahalaan sa bawat paraan na nararapat para po makabigay ng kalinga sa kanila at sa kanilang mga pamilya (The government is ready to help in whatever way for them and their families),” he said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
Coloma said the Vietnamese authorities are leading the rescue operations, with the participation of vessels from Liberia, Oman, Singapore and China.
So far, one crewmember, reported to be the chief cook, has been rescued while two bodies have been recovered. The search for the 16 other crewmembers is ongoing.
“We understand that the manning agency has been communicating with the families of the crewmembers and with the Dole (Department of Foreign Affairs) and POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration),” the DFA said.
The Embassy is coordinating with the Vietnam Maritime Research and Rescue Coordinating Center and the Philippine Honorary Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, which is approximately 96 kilometers from Vung Tau City, in gathering updates and making arrangements for the repatriation of the rescued seafarer and the retrieved remain, it added. (RVC/With Sunnex/Sun.Star Cebu)