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Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

Passport stamps don’t lie

HALL OF FAME Susan K. receives Gawad Tanglaw award at ceremonies in San Juan de Letran in Calamba, Laguna, Bantay OCW’s 6th straight win as Best Public Service program.

JP, married with two children, is a marine officer in a cruise line. His wife hates the idea of separation, even a temporary one. She opposed JP’s decision to work as a seafarer. But JP promised his wife that it would not take long. He needed to earn a substantial amount in a short period of time to pay off their debts and enroll their children in good schools.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Envoy optimistic Filipino seafarers won’t be banned in EU vessels

Philippine Ambassador to Belgium  and the European Union Victoria Bataclan

Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union Victoria Bataclan has expressed optimism the country’s maritime schools will pass the European Commission’s stringent safety standards.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

EU official on possible ban of Filipino seafarers : Clock is ticking

A prospective applicant view job opportunities at a recruiting booth at the seafarer's park in Manila. The Philippines supplies a third of the worlds merchant mariners. AFP

Filipino seafarers could soon lose their jobs in the European Union ships if Manila still fails to correct maritime education flaws, a European Commission official said Wednesday.

Posted: October 17th, 2013 in Europe,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

1000 days in captivity

Gerald Gonzales (seated in front, with cap) poses with other crew members of Iceberg I. COURTESY OF mphrp.org and susanople.com

This is the story of 31-year old seafarer Gerald Gonzales from Iloilo City. He holds the record for being the longest held Filipino hostage in Somalia. Gerald boarded MV Iceberg 1, a cargo ship, way back in 2009 for a 9-month stint as an oiler (all-around shipmate) with a salary of $350. His contract was to expire on April 12, 2010. But Gerald’s ship was hijacked by Somali pirates on March 29, 2010.

Posted: January 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

Protecting our seafarers


It was indeed a milestone when Philippines became the 30th member-state of the International Labor Organization (ILO) to ratify the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC of 2006).

Posted: September 23rd, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy,Headlines | Read More »

Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

Maritime schools must meet int’l standards


President Aquino finally designated a single maritime administration. The President signed on April 30, Executive Order No. 75 designating the Department of Transportation and Communications, through the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), as the single agency responsible for the implementation of the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for seafarers.

Posted: May 5th, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists,Global Pinoy | Read More »

Filipino seafarers have heart

PROUD AND COMMITTED, Filipino crew members of the ill-fated Costa Concordia arrive home. Some passengers said they owned their lives to Filipino cooks and stewards who roped themselves together to help them get down to the lifeboats. RODEL ROTONI

Media coverage of the Costa Concordia tragedy has been focused mainly on the captain accused of having a romantic dinner as his ship was sinking and then abandoning his crew and passengers to save himself.

Posted: January 29th, 2012 in Global Pinoy | Read More »


Before Costa Concordia, a tragedy portrayed the Filipino as humane seafarer


Media coverage of the Costa Concordia tragedy has been focused mainly on the clueless captain accused of having a romantic dinner as his ship was sinking and then abandoning his crew and passengers to save himself.

Posted: January 24th, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Cargo ship damaged after collision off Istanbul

Coast guard members climb into the tilting Sierra Leone-flagged Kayan-1, a 282-feet freighter carrying empty containers, as crew pumped out water, and a tugboat stands by , in the Bosporus, Istanbul, Turkey, Friday. AP Photo

A cargo ship brushed against two anchored vessels during severe weather off the coast of Istanbul on Friday and tilted to one side, taking on water for hours before authorities were forced to pull it ashore using a tug boat.

Posted: January 21st, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Flowers at sea as Italy cruise wreck search resumes

A Carabinieri diver passing by the stricken Costa Concordia luxury liner near the Isola del Giglio (Giglio island) during searches Thursday. AFP /CARABINIERI PRESS OFFICE

Relatives of those still missing from a stricken Italian cruise ship laid flowers on the sea by the wreck on Friday, a week after the tragedy in which up to 32 people are feared dead.

Posted: January 21st, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »



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