National Seafarer’s Day

A priest, a nun, and a union leader conceptualized the idea of celebrating the National Seafarers’ Day, 15 years before the International Maritime Organization (IMO) declared June 25th as the International Day of the Seafarer. Sometime in February 1996, on their way back to Manila after giving Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar to maritime graduates of Pangasinan […]

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First OFW International Congress

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The OFW Movement led by then Party List Representative Omar Fajardo and the United Filipino Seafarers led by Engr. Nelson P. Ramirez organized the First Overseas Filipino Workers International Congress to promote solidarity among overseas Filipino workers for both land-based and sea-based to galvanize its objectives in protecting the rights of all migrant workers.  

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First Anti-Charter Change (Cha-Cha) Rally

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Along with hundreds of cause-oriented groups, the UFS actively took part in the mammoth and first Anti-Charter Change (Cha-Cha) rally held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila to protest the intention of the move to change the form of government from Presidential to Parliamentary. The UFS joined the massive protest rally because it widely believed, […]

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Rallies for the Release of OFW Sarah Balabagan

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While other migrant workers and cause-oriented groups were focused on the fate of Flor Contemplacion who was already scheduled for hanging in Singapore then, another Filipina, Sarah Balabagan, was also about to meet the same fate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UFS, Kaibigan ng OCWs, Kakampi, and Kanlungan staged several rallies in front […]

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Continually Pushed for the Improvement of Maritime Education and Training

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The proliferation of substandard maritime schools, which sprouted like mushrooms all over the country, has caught the attention of the UFS. The union believes that school owners of substandard maritime schools are committing moral estafa in the pretext of giving quality education. It has been the position of UFS that it is the duty of […]

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Active Involvement in Marine Environmental Protection – Coastal Clean Up

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The UFS is also very active not only in advocating marine environmental protection but also in leading by doing. It is a regular fixture during international and local coastal cleanup drives and activities initiated either by the Philippine Coast Guard, local government units or private entities. The union believes that its efforts toward this goal […]

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