Positibong Marino Phil (PMPI) honors companies for HIV policy program in the workplace, including non-discrimination, work accommodation and confidentiality of seafarers with HIV.
The ‘Red Ribbon Award’ were given to Magsaysay Maritime Corp, Royal Carribean Cruises, OSM Maritime Services and Sea Power Shipping PMP), during the PMPI first year anniversary celebrations at the AMOSUP Convention Hall in Intramuros, Manila, July 23rd.
PMPI is a support group that protects rights of HIV positive seafarers and their families. On its first year, it has directly or indirectly assisted 39 Filipino seafarers living with HIV (PLHIV), including PMPI founders.
Pres. Jebsen Rederri Go Gamido claims, “They went back onboard and pursue… healthier versions of themselves.”
Gamido recalls he was just invited to talks and seminars which, unwittingly, is digging foundation of the advocacy, focusing on education as “really the key to everything.”
Techniques include seminars to crew and cadets, registration/network building, 500+ seamen were reached on FaceBook, phone connects, participation at the Day of the Seafarer and World AIDS Day celebrations.
To date, there are more than PMPI 100 volunteers aiming to:
- Aid, empower and assist displaced seafarers to normal, productive life through continuous employment on merchant ships or other maritime related endeavors by establishing a strong network through information sharing;
- Be a venue of openness and acceptance of Filipino seafarers with HIV/AIDS and their families, with the maritime labor and shipping industry stakeholders in raising the understanding of the disease through continuous education;
- Coordinate, liaise, interact, partner with other similar organizations, private or public or government, local or foreign, to assist the sick with proper care; and
- Provide mental and legal support to all HIV-positive seafarers of any nationality.
Gamido relates, “The first year of PMP has been colorful. It is a year of digging dip the foundation… really a year of transformation or stretching for me and for the volunteers.
Positibong Marino is not just a one-man dream… it is a combined effort of all the people who believe and the volunteers that are working to fulfill the mission and vision…”
Messages of support were delivered by:
- Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA);
- Conrado Oca, Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Phil (AMOSUP);
- Director Alejandro Ortigas, AMOSUP Seamen’s Hospital;
- Emmanuel Partido, AMOSUP legal counsel;
- Inspectorate Coordinator Steve Trowsdale, Intl Transport Workers Federation;
- Coordinator Asif Altaf, ITF Global-Health and Wellness;
- Director Marlon Rono, Joint Manning Group (JMG);
- Chief Lui Delos Santos, Maritime Industry Authority, Policy Development and Review;
- Program Manager Gerard Belimac, Department of Health and
- Tyrone Sy, World Health Organization-Phil Representative
Headed by a medical doctor, AMOSUP has always been a champion of fair and equal opportunities for seafarers. This spirit has always been its core as a union. Dr. Oca believes as social partners, it is good to have a unified voice in addressing the challenges of seafarers suffering from HIV.
AMOSUP, ITF and JMG are the first three organizations which continuously support PMPI.
PMPI Ambassadress Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2018 Jehza Huelar was also present.