The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on November 6th to strengthen support to Filipino seafarers.

ISWAN Executive Director Roger Harris says, “We are formalizing the cooperation… the first partnership agreement we had in the Philippines” noting “Last year we handled 1,000 welfare cases involving Filipino seafarers.”

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac notes, “We now have an international partner… ISWAN knows how to handle cases, so it’s a welcome development for us.”

ISWAN is a non -government organization based in the United Kingdom, handled some 3,000 seafarer welfare cases worldwide, a third of which involved Filipinos. It gives information on health and training on- board, helps in problems in repatriation, unpaid salaries, abandonment by employers, assisting even the families of seafarers who die on -board.