Thirteen years after its birth, UFS is now a national federation of seafarers’ unions in possession of UFS charter certificates in an increasing number of shipping companies with their representatives in the Philippines.
In its first general assembly, held in Manila at the Bulwagang Plaridel of the National Press Club of the Philippines on December 1999, the leadership of this central committee of the union, was unanimously recognized by its members.
Engr. Ramirez, Captain Brando Lodriga, Chief Engr. Isagani Valmonte, Radio Officer Paul Esber, Engr. Noel Josue, and Prof. Roli Talampas were elected as members of the Board of Directors of UFS with the full mandate to carry on the existing programs and pursue other initiatives to advance the objectives of the union and its general membership.
With its growing number of card-bearing members worldwide, UFS has evolved into a very active, consistent and effective articulator of seafarers’ demands for reforms in the shipping, manning, and overseas employment sectors. As such, UFS now enjoys a prominence and influence that has direct impact on national policy.
Indeed, UFS has become a union with a new culture tempered by the cutting-edge discipline of the marine profession, a profession that prides itself for its sense of responsibility. This kind of responsibility, the leadership of UFS vowed to observe and preserve.