Malacañang on Saturday lauded Filipino seafarers, saying they are one of the best sailors being sought after by shipping companies in the world.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in an interview on state-run dzRB, praised Filipino seafarers on the occasion of the observance of the Day of the Seafarer.
He said, "Kaisa tayo ng sambayanan sa pagbibigay pugay sa mga Pilipinong mandaragat.
"Filipinos are highly regarded in the global maritime industry ... (because of) their competence, skill, and high level of professionalism."
Based on data culled from various government sources by GMA News Research, there were a close to 400,000 Filipino sailors in various shipping industries in the world in 2014.
Source: Compendium of OFW statistics 2009-2014
In a report on its web site, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said that for the "Day of the Seafarer 2016," they have adopted as their campaign theme: "At Sea for All."
This is to highlight the seafarers' contribution to global trade and to let the world know how and why seafarers are indispensable to everyone, the report said.
"This year, on June 25th, the Day of the Seafarer, we are once again asking people everywhere to show their appreciation for the seafarers that quietly, mostly unnoticed, keep the wheels of the world in motion," IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim. — LBG, GMA News