‘Who takes care of seafarers’ families?’ maritime stakeholders ask

By UA&P Alumni

Issues on seafarers’ families and their implications to the maritime industry, nation building, and integral human development brought together in a round table discussion held last March 10 at the University of Asia and the Pacific the key stakeholders in the global maritime and shipping industry, education, and training.

Headed by the Center for Research and Communication (CRC) of UA&P, the discussion centered on “The Maritime Industry’s Role in the Promotion of Integral Human Development.” Among the speakers were Doris Magsaysay Ho, President and CEO of A. Magsaysay, Inc.; Gerardo A. Borromeo, CEO of Philippine Transmarine Carriers; Ma. Socorro Oca, publisher of SeafarerAsia; Atty. Jabeth Dacanay, Deputy Executive Director of the Office on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (under the MARINA); and Josephine Francisco, Group Chief Quality Officer and President of the Ship Management Division of Transnational Diversified Group.

Central to the gathering are the discussions on the reintegration of the seafarers as a strategy for nation building, the implications to the maritime industry of the care of the seafarers’ families, the role of maritime associations and administrations in strengthening the Filipino family, and the integration of human development in the maritime education and training curricula.

Also present in the RTD were Congressman Roman Romulo; Ret. Vice Admiral Eduardo Santos, President of the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP); Capt. Emmanuel Regio, current President of the Filipino Association of Mariners’ Employment; and representatives from the International Organization for Migration, Scalabrini Migration Center, Apostleship of the Sea, OWWA, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, BPI, MARINA, Masters and Mates, Associated Philippine Seafarers Union, Philippine Association of Maritime Training Center, Inc., MAAP, and the universities.