Marine agencies salute seafarers
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (23 September) -- The Philippines is still the no. 1 exporter of seafarers in the world and because of this, the maritime industry of the country has lined up various activities as "salute to the seafarers."
Thus explained Atty. Glenn Cabanez, Manager of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in Northern Mindanao during the opening of the Sept. 20-26, 2010, National Maritime Week (NMW) with the theme: "Philippine Maritime Industry: Onward to Global Competitiveness," in Cagayan de Oro City.
He said activities of the week is headlined by the conduct of the dressing up and "open ship" of BRP Romblon of the Philippine Coast Guards (PCG), MV Trans-Asia and MV Supper Shuttle Ferry to show their facilities.
The open ship gives the public an opportunity to board the ship and know the comforts and trustworthiness of sea travel as the crew takes them to tour the ship premises and see their communication and navigational equipment, among others, Cabanez said.
The activities include the conduct of port and underwater coastal clean-up, tree-growing, bloodletting and friendship games among the participating maritime agencies, such as the PCG, PCG Auxiliary, Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), Oroport Handling Services, Inc., Philippine Liner Shipping Asso., Dive Special, Inc., Marcoso Tug Services, Stella Maris and Harbor Shipping Services Inc.
Meanwhile, an emergency response drill which will involve search and rescue operations at sea have been scheduled on Sept. 24 at Macabalan Wharf.
The drill is aimed at testing the preparedness of these maritime agencies to respond to situations of sea jacking and other terrorist acts which may occur in the high seas, Cabanez added. (PIA 10) [top]