MARINA Caraga spearheads ‘Filipino Seafarers Day’ celebration
By Venus L. Garcia
BUTUAN CITY, June 27 (PIA) - Attended by several Maritime students coming from different tertiary schools, seafarers and representatives from line agencies, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Caraga led the Filipino Seafarers Day celebration held on Saturday at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) grounds, this city.
The activity kicked-off with a simultaneous blowing of horns and a floral offering, and an opening program then followed right after the motorcade around the city thoroughfares. It was conducted first time in the city since it has always been celebrated in Surigao City, where their regional office is situated.
This year's Day of the Filipino Seafarers celebration is anchored on the campaign theme, "At Sea For All." The theme has a clear link with the 2016 World Maritime Day theme, "Shipping: indispensable to the world," emphasizing that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes but for all of. Consequently, they are also considered as "indispensable to the world."
According to MARINA Caraga regional director Engr. Emmanuel Carpio, the Filipino Seafarers' Day Celebration is declared under Presidential Proclamation no. 183, giving respect to the seafarers who are working overseas and have great contribution in the boost of our economy. He added that 30 percent of Filipino seafarers comprise the total 460,000 maritime employees around the world.
Meanwhile, Luis Salarda, 2nd officer, overseas seafarer, 36-year old, and married with two children, revealed in an interview that other than his love for ships and seas he is also inclined of such kind of employment in order to support his family by providing the best education for his children, helping uplift the status of their life, and from his earnings he was able to extend help to others as well.
Also, Edrian John Simeon, a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation student, expressed that he was truly inspired by his father to pursue in getting the course. Simeon also said that he is driven by his interest with naval ships and that will open an opportunity for him to travel the world through water vessels for free.
The Day of the Seafarers was established to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers to international seaborne trade, the world economy and to global society as a whole. This year's event will celebrate the incredible impact that Seafarers make in the world and provides a chance for shipping companies to show their appreciation to seafarers as a whole. (VLG/JPG/PIA-Caraga)
722 planters join 2016 Arbor Day celeb in SurSur
By Johny S. Natad
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 27 (PIA) - Some 722 planters planted a total of 16,994 seedlings to 10.21 hectares during the recent Arbor Day simultaneous tree planting activities within four identified planting sites in the province spearheaded by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO-Surigao del Sur) and its field offices on June 24, 2016.
PENRO National Greening Program (NGP) Coordinator Forester Nannette Quinoñes bared that 5.0 hectares with 8,330 seedlings were planted at Barangay Mabuhay in the city under PENRO-Surigao del Sur, which was participated by 301 registered planters composed of LGU-Tandag City personnel headed by City Mayor Roxanne T. Pimentel, employees from the provincial government of Surigao del Sur, LGU-Barangay Mabuhay, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department and Public Works and Highways, King Cooperative, City Water District, Mabuhay Rural Workers Organization, students from St. Theresa College, among others.
The CENRO Lianga registered 190 participants who planted 4,998 seedlings to 3.0 hectares at Barangay Rizal in Barobo town during the same activity.
In CENRO Bislig, a total of 71 planters joined the simultaneous tree planting at Sitio San Nicolas, Barangay San Jose in Bislig City who planted with 2,000 seedlings to 1.21 hectares while under CENRO Cantilan there were 160 planters who joined the same event with 1,666 seedlings planted at Barangay Bocaue in Lanuza town. (PENRO-SDS/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
Tagalog News: MARINA nanguna sa ginanap na Filipino Seafarers Day celebration sa lungsod ng Butuan; Caraga seafarers kinilala
Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 27 (PIA) - Kasabay sa selebrasyon ng Seafarers Day dito sa lungsod nitong Sabado, kinilala at binigyang-pugay din ng Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Caraga ang propesyon at kontribusyon sa bansa ng mga seafarers dito sa rehiyon.
Ayon kay MARINA Caraga regional director Engr. Emmanuel Carpio, ang nasabing selebrasyon ay base sa Presidential Proclamation No. 183 na nilagdaan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III noong June 3, 2011. Anya, nararapat lamang na kilalanin at bigyang-pugay ang propesyon ng mga seafarers na nasa ibat-ibang bansa na may malaking kontribusyon din sa pagpapalago ng ekonomiya sa Pilipinas.
Dagdag pa ni director Carpio, nasa mahigit 400,000 na mga seafarers ang naitala noong nakaraang taong 2015. 30 porsyento umano nito ay mga pilipino.
“Malaki talaga ang nagiging kontribusyon ng ating mga Pinoy seafarers sa pag-unlad ng ekonomiya sa ating bansa,” sabi ni director Carpio.
Sa panayam rin kay Luis Salarda, isang overseas seafarer, na hindi biro at madali anya ang kanilang trabaho. Kinakaya at tinitiis umano nila ang mapalayo sa pamilya nang mabigyan lang ng magandang buhay at kinabukasan ang kanilang pamilya.
“Tinitiis lang namin ang pagiging homesick at kinakaya namin ang mga challenges sa aming trabaho dahil para rin ito sa bansa at sa aming pamilya,” ayon kay Salarda.
Ipinahayag din ni Edrian John Simeon, isang studyante sa kursong Bachelor of Science in Maritime Transportation, na hangad at ambisyon niya rin ang magsilbi bilang seafarer, makakita ng ibat-ibang naval ships at malibot ang mundo.
“Matagal ko ng pangarap ang makakita ng mga naval ships kaya ako kumuha rin ng kurson BS Maritime Transportation at gusto kong magsilbi rin bilang seafarer pagdating ng panahon. Gusto ko ring malibot ang ibat-ibang kontinente sa mundo,” sabi ni Simeon.
Napag-alaman din na sa isang maikling programa ng nasabing selebrasyon na ginanap sa Robinsons Place dito sa lungsod ay binigyan ng ibat-ibang awards ang mga Caraganon seafarers kasama ang kani-kanilang pamilya. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)