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Seafarers are often referred to by compatriots as modern-day heroes, as the seafaring sector accounts for more than US $1 billion in annual foreign exchange remittance to the nation’s economy.
The Philippines is one of leaders in the ship manning industry, as it supplies ship crews to the world’s shipping fleets, which represent more than 25% of the global seafaring workforce.
So, on the 25th of June of every year, the notable role that seafarers contribute to domestic trade and world economy is acknowledged. But this, always comes with a cost involving personal and family concerns.
The Day of the Seafarer has now been included in the annual list of United Nations Observances, and is commemorated every 25th of June of every year. It was first celebrated in 2011, with the adoption of the Conference of Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
To give recognition and gratitude to the Filipino seamen locally and internationally, for the contribution to the country’s developmental efforts, President Benigno S. Aquino III issued on 3 June 2011, Proclamation Number 183, declaring June 25 of every year as the Day of Filipino Seafarer.
Here in Cebu, Shipping Companies, Government Agencies, Maritime Training Schools and Maritime Review Centers took part in commemorating the Day with a grand parade/motorcade and meaningful programme, with the theme : Pinoy Seafarers – Proudly Moving the World, commencing at 5:30 AM to 12 Noon at Plaza Independencia, Cebu City.
Maritime Industry Authority Region 7, under the leadership of Regional Director Engr. Nanette V. Dinopol, coordinated the whole activity. #