HUNDREDS of seafarers flocked Kalaw St. in Ermita, Manila for the yearly celebration of the ‘Day of the Seafarers’ last June 26 to 28, 2018, keenly organized by the United Filipino Seafarers, the country’s known vanguard for the protection of Filipino seamen’s rights, and in cooperation with the Luneta Seafarers’ Welfare Foundation (LUSWELF).
The 3-day event was personally graced by Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Rey Leonardo Guerrero and his Deputy Administrator of Planning, Mr. Butch Arceo, alongside the representatives from Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and PAG-IBIG Fund.
In his remarks, MARINA Administrator Guerrero welcomed the attendees of a joyful celebration of the 2018 Day of the Seafarers and thanked the maritime professionals for their valuable contribution to the government coffers.
“In 2017, our seafarers onboard various ocean-going merchant ships were responsible for contributing to our economy a combined remittance totaling to $5.87 Billion. Our domestic seafarers have likewise served as important drivers for the safe, secure and efficient movement of our people, goods, and services from one island to another. Maraming Salamat sa inyo.” Guerrero averred.
He likewise reminded the attending seafarers of MARINA’s landmark projects, especially during the first months of his tenure, in providing the necessary support to sustain the gains that the seafaring industry has achieved for the country.
“Ang inyong MARINA ay hindi tumigil sa pagpapatupad ng mga programa at reporma upang lalo pang mapanatili, maalagaan at mapag-ibayo ang pagiging competitive ng ating maritime industry at maisaayos ang serbisyo ng ating mga stakeholders.” Guerrero added.
Landmark reforms that Administrator Guerrero has implemented are the opening of additional SIRB Satellite Centers in SM Malls (MOA, Bacoor, South Mall, North EDSA, Las Piñas, Iloilo, Cebu, and Davao); the full-swing of MARINA Online System; and making MARINA IDs to be as official just like any other government IDs.
Meanwhile, UFS President Engr. Nelson Ramirez also reminded the attendees of the hardships that he had to endure to erect UFS, and asked them to support UFS of all of its undertakings to further protect the ranks of the seafarers.
Free lunch was also given during the first day of the event, while prizes were also handed out for the attendees.
The celebration was made possible through the help of generous sponsors such as CF Crew Management Inc.; Atlantic Bulk Carrier Management Ltd.; Abosta Shipmanagement Corporation; Marlow Navigation Phils. Inc.; Cargo Safeway Inc.; Seapower Shipping Enterprises Inc.; Bridge Marine Corporation; Evic Human Resources Management; Home Development Mutual Fund (PAG-IBIG); Competence Management and Consultancy Inc.; Cebu Gems Innovation and Career Development Inc.; Pipedown Maritime Services; Marsaman Manning Agency Inc.; SBR Marine Services Corporation and Luneta Seafarers’ Welfare Foundation (LUSWELF).