Pre-Employment, Seafarers’ Rights and Values Formation Seminar

The reason why there are only very few victims of illegal recruitment in the maritime sector is because new applicants like fresh maritime graduates are more aware of their rights compared to the land-based counterpart and cannot be easily swayed by lurking vultures. Father Carlos Oda, Sister Maruja Padre de Juan of the Apostleship of […]

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Active Lobby for the Passage of the Philippine Merchant Marine Act of 1998 or R.A. 8544

Before, it was not clear which government agency should issue the Certificate of Competency (COC) and its corresponding Certificate of Endorsement (COE) to Filipino seafarers, which is very crucial for the Philippines to be included in the IMO ‘white list.’ MARINA used to contend that it is its function while MTC believes those are part […]

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UFS Pushed for Income Tax and Airport Terminal Fee Exemption for OFWs at the Gancayco Commission

During the series of consultation hearings in 1995 conducted by the Presidential Fact-Finding and Policy Advisory Commission on the Protection of Overseas Filipinos, also known as the Gancayco Commission which was created after the hanging of Flor Contemplacion in Singapore, the UFS was the only maritime organization in the Philippines that participated. The Gancayco Commission […]

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Spearheaded Rallies in Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)

Just several months after hurdling the Seaman’s Book problem over at MARINA, the UFS was back on the streets again, holding a rally in front of the offices of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to protest the very low passing percentage of Filipino deck officers. Apparently, an official of the PRC Marine Deck Board has […]

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Orchestrated Rallies, Symposium, and Workshops for Displaced Radio Operators

With the advent of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and International marine Satellite (INMARSAT) technologies onboard ships, shipowners soon learned that radio operators were already dispensable. In 2000, thousands of Filipino radio operators were repatriated even before they finished their shipboard contract and went home jobless. UFS immediately came to their rescue […]

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Hospital and Ship Visitations

It is very painful and lonely experience for a Filipino seafarer to become sick or injured especially when he is in foreign soil where he has no relatives and friends. UFS is the only Philippine maritime organization that extends visitation to Filipino seafarers confined in hospitals abroad. The UFS goes the extra mile of not […]

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