The Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia has called on Filipinos here and abroad to commemorate the contributions of Filipino seafarers to the global economy following the government's declaration of June 25 as the "Day of the Filipino Seafarer."
"The Filipino Seafarers deserve respect, recognition and gratitude for their invaluable contribution to the national development efforts of the country, and have become ‘sailing ambassadors’... for having demonstrated before the global maritime community the best traits of the Filipino," the embassy said in a news release posted on its website.
In signing Proclamation 183 declaring June 25 as the Day of the Filipino Seafarer, President Benigno Aquino III urged "all relevant maritime agencies or instrumentalities of the government including government-owned and controlled corporations as well as private individuals or organizations... to support the commemoration of this important event."
The embassy noted that the United Nations has recognized the important role that seafarers play in the continued growth of the global economy and has included this day on its list of observance.
The Conference of Parties (COP), under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), approved a resolution declaring every June 25 as the “Day of the Seafarer," it added.
According to Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) data, a total of 330,424 Filipino seafarers were deployed worldwide in 2009, or about 23 percent of the total number of overseas Filipino workers deployed in that year. —JMT/CM, GMA News