MANILA, June 21 – – Stakeholders in the maritime industry have combined their efforts for the grandeur celebration of Seafarers Day on June 25.
Dubbed as “Saludo kami, Marinong Pinoy! Bayani ka talaga!,” the week- long celebration highlights the official launch of the Annual search for the 10 Most Outstanding Filipino Seafarers and the Search for the Most Outstanding Maritime Student of the Year by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).
Presidential Proclamation 183, declaring June 25 as the Day of the Filipino seafarer is line with the call by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to honor the world’s seafaring men.
“Filipino seafarers deserve respect, recognition and gratitude for their invaluable contribution to the national development efforts of the country. Filipino seafarers have become “sailing ambassadors” of the country for having demonstrated before the global maritime community the best traits of the Filipino,” the Presidential Proclamation read.
The formation of the Human Anchor to show unity in honoring the seafarers will be held at the Malayan Colleges of Laguna headed by the Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC) on June 24.
MARINA is working to have a free MRT and LRT ride for all Filipino seafarers, who will just have to present their seaman’s book to avail the free ride.
A wreath laying and mass tribute to Filipino seafarers on Roxas Boulevard Seafarers Monument will be conducted by Associated Marine Officers and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP).
There will also be a single side band broadcast for all Filipino seafarers, to be prepared by Smart Communications.
MARINA and Smart will also launch the MARINA hub which is an Information Kiosk for Filipino seafarers with free wifi connection and the official launch of the MARINA wireless information system at the Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB) Division.
There will be a nationwide dressing and blowing of ships’ horn, dental mission, free entrance to the Museo Maritimo at Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS), First Navigator’s Golf Cup and round table discussion and launch of Maritime Research Journal by Mariners’ Polytechnic.
Meanwhile, the 2012 Filipino Seafarers Convention, aimed at enlightening Filipino seafarers on important issues affecting the practice of their profession, will be held at the Multi Purpose Hall of (MARINA) on June 25-26.
Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas will be the guest of honor in the two-day Seafarers' Convention dubbed as “Onward to a Brighter Seafaring Future.”
Key maritime industry leaders will lead the discussion on various issues affecting the maritime industry. Among the topics are: “Positive or Negative? A Close Look on EMSA’s 2012 Audit Report of the Philippine Maritime Industry” to be delivered by C/E Alfredo Haboc, President of Philippine Association of Maritime Training Centers, Inc; the Manila Amendments: How the Philippines and the Filipino Seafarers are faring? by C/E Miguel A. Marasigan, Chairman of the Board, PRC Board of Marine Engineer Officers.
The Situationer and Prospects of Filipino Seafarers on Domestic Shipping by Mrs. Arlene Romero, Director for MARINA’s Domestic Shipping; What’s Up with the Walk-in Examination System for Filipino Seafarers, by Mr. Edwin Cruz, IT Consultant, of the Professional Regulation Commission; Opportunities or Woes? A Situationer of the Overseas Seafaring Labor Landscape to be discussed by Ms. Nini Lanto, Director, Pre-Employment Services, POEA and Mr. Gerardo Borromeo, Vice President, International Chamber of Shipping.
OIC MARINA Administrator Atty. Nicasio Conti will explain the “Single Maritime Administration: What can the Industry and the Filipino Seafarers Expect?.” (PNA)