Philippine Center Exhibit Highlights Filipino Seaman

The Philippine Center, located at 556 F i f t h Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10036, is currently holding an exhibit that not only highlights but explains one of the Philippines' most valuable resources— the Filipino Seaman.

This informational exhibit on the Filipino Seaman, sponsored by the Philippine National Seamen Board under the auspices of the Philippines' Department of Labor, is designed to give U.S.

shipowners in particular, and the public in general, an overall view of the Philippines' role in today's international maritime industry.

H.E. Ambassador Ernesto C.

Pineda, Consul General of the Philippines, and the Honorable Bias F. Ople jointly hosted the formal opening of the exhibit on August 4, 1977, which will be held until October 4, 1977.

Although by i n t e r n a t i o n a l standards the Philippine merchant fleet is relatively small, the Philippines' contribution to the industry as a whole is gaining steadily in significance. For today, the Philippines is the world's second largest source of qualified seamen to the merchant fleets of the world. Over 36,000 Filipino officers and ratings are now serving aboard 18 percent of the world's 10,669 oceangoing ships.

And the numbers are growing.

Over 12 percent more Filipinos were hired in 1976 than in 1975.

In this exhibit, through the medium of an audio-visual show and a museum-type display, the National Seamen Board presents the manner in which Filipino seamen are trained, the nature of his qualifications in this field, and a critical assessment of his character and performance record by those who know him best — the shipping executives and ships' masters he has worked for.

In short, the exhibit presents a story — a story of the quality of leadership of the educators in the Philippine maritime industry, the effectiveness of the National Seamen Board in c o n j u n c t i o n with others in moving toward the solution of many longstanding problems and the story of the Filipino Seaman, himself.

The exhibit will be open to the general public Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 49,  Sep 1977

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