During the fledgling stages of the UFS, other concerns surfaced. Two of the more active seafarers’ organizations – the Concerned Seamen of the Philippines (CSP) and the Southeast Asia Mariners, Engineers, and Navigators (SEAMEN) – have just lost their figureheads, leaving a vacuum of leadership. More than that, however, there is a crying need for a fresh and dynamic leadership.
Espousing a different brand of leadership that could be aptly described as responsible, dynamic, transparent, active, sensitive, and effective, UFS filled the vacuum in both CSP and SEAMEN, bolstering the young union’s membership to several thousand seafarer-members, less than a year after its inception.
Gathering strength in numbers, the burgeoning union began to mount a massive information campaign aimed at both generating public attention and engendering open discussion on issues affecting the seafaring profession. By and large, the campaign also boosted the membership of UFS and bolstered its call for genuine reforms. Moreover, UFS filled the need for a true and dedicated representative of the seafarers.