Filipino mariners: sailing on turbulent seas

(A special report on Seafarers’ Week)  With the world economic crisis still there, the 24/7 piracy attacks in key waterways in the world, and the continued human rights violations on-board, the Filipino mariners and seafarers had no other hope but to stand, struggle and fight for their rights as human beings and as workers. By: […]

Pinoy seamen may proteksiyon na sa Gulf of Aden

Isinabatas kamakailan ng bansang Japan ang isang batas na magbibigay-proteksiyon sa mga mandaragat ng iba’t ibang mga bansa sa mundo kabilang ang Pilipinas. Layunin nitong matiyak ang kaligtasan ng mga barko at ng mga tauhang sakay nito bilang tugon sa talamak na pamimirata at pag-agaw ng mga barko sa Gulf of Aden maging sa baybayin […]

Wage Discrimination and Other Seafarers’ Woes

“The rights of workers, that is, the right to be organized into unions, to collective bargaining, to security of tenure and to have a just and humane condition at work, are continuously being denied them by capitalists who are only after profits. This is, despite the fact that these are embodied by the Constitution and other international legal instruments and conventions,” says Joseph T. Entero, a maritime labor lawyer.

Donation will not end piracy-NGO

A nongovernment seafarers’ advocacy group said a $20,000 (P965, 046.25) donation approved by Malacanang to a United Nations trust fund to support Somali security institutions would not end piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

2 Filipino seamen freed in Nigeria, 2 still held hostage

Two more Filipino seamen were released by the Nigerian militants who hijacked their vessel last July 4, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported Friday; two remain in captivity.

Three Filseamen released by Nigerian rebels

Three Filipino seafarers held hostage in Nigeria were released last July 20, says the Department of Foreign Affairs. However, seafarers’ NGO, International Seafarers’ Action Center (ISAC) said the piracy problem isn’t over yet.