The Intl Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) launched #ISupplyTheWorld Campaign to spread the message of the work maritime workers are undertaking during the Covid-19 pandemic to keep the world supplied with essentials like food, medicine and fuel.
IMEC secured partnership with the Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU) and support by the Intl Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).
On the launch of the social media campaign, IMEC’s CEO Francesco Gargiulo says, “Seafaring, particularly on cargo vessels, is an invisible service industry to most. Most take for granted being able to visit a shop or surf the web and select a range of goods from around the world, with little regard for the journey from “source to shelf.”
Gargiulo continues, “This pandemic has made us all think a lot harder about the unsung heroes that keep those products coming in and those shelves full even at a time when panic shopping is straining supply lines. This campaign wants to highlight the important work seafarers are doing for us all and to express our thanks for their selfless efforts”.
MTWTU’s First Vice Chairman and IMO Goodwill Ambassador Oleg Grigoryuk adds, “In
cooperation with our social partners, we find it crucial to show the global maritime transport workers, who are at the forefront of the epidemic in terms of global trade, how greatly the international communities appreciate their labour and how important their job is for each city, each family and each person in the world.
For us this is another way to convey our solidarity, support and deepest respect to the key workers of the globe”.
Maritime workers are encouraged to photograph themselves with a printed campaign poster and post on social media with the hashtag #ISupplyTheWorld. Netizens are requested to share the hashtag in support of our maritime workers at this critical time.
IMEC LAUNCHES 3RD BATCH
The International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) inaugurates its third Engine Rating Program with the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) at the Don Bosco, Manila, February 27th.
Qualified are 43 boys who will undergo an 18-month training program to gain nationally- recognized certification in machining and arc welding, as well as basic STCW certificates.
The event was attended by shipping agency representatives who shared inspirational messages and enjoyed a dance presentation by Don Bosco students. Over lunch, the scholars were presented to their sponsoring companies; in turn, guided the scholars within hearing of parents, guardians and relatives.
IMEC’s Phil Rep, retired RAdm Bayani Gaerlan, understands, “(M)ost of these scholars are coming from the not so privileged sector of our society and now, are given the rare opportunity to be trained for free and to have a readily available employer after completion of their training in the near future.
This engine rating program together with other partnership programs, has been in existing for some years now and I believe that it is very beneficial both for the scholars and the sponsors and to the Philippine shipping industry in general.
For this, I would like to recognize the efforts put together by IMEC, Don Bosco and AMOSUP. The collaboration of these three organizations continuously makes the program a success. I hope that with the benefits that this program is providing, these three organizations will be continually inspired and not get tired of providing assistance, hope and bright future to our less privileged young fellowmen”.
Rev. Fr. Gaudencio "GC" Carandang Jr., SDB Rector/TVET Director, feels great joy to see old faces, more so Dan (Aldrich Tolentino). Continuing in a mixture of English and Filipino, Fr. GC underscores Dan’s presence makes certain “we are in for another partnership and it’s no wonder we are now on the third.”
More than the larger number of beneficiaries, the SDB priest believes such trust makes the partnership “better and stronger.”
He is also happy with new faces which mean new sponsors; in turn, more poor but deserving youth are given opportunities for a better future.
IMEC Training Manager Dan Aldrich Tolentino presented first the scholars to their respective sponsors, encouraged the community singing of Happy Birthday for two trainees.
“This is our third batch, which means we are doing well with the program” of 18 months, 5 at Don Bosco, 1 at MAAP, back at Don Bosco for the 5-month second semester. Don Bosco places them in outside firms for the 5-month on-the-job (OJT) phase, the other 2 months onboard.
All costs are underwritten by IMEC just so the students are educated well, before IMEC introduces them to their sponsoring companies which guarantees them work upon full completion of the program.
IMEC believes that everybody with the drive and the potential to become a seafarer should be given the opportunity to pursue their dream, regardless of their financial situation.
Therefore, in 2017, IMEC introduced a new training program known as #BeMoreWithIMEC at the Don Bosco TVET Centre, in Tondo, Manila. The 18-month program provides for young, under-privileged people the opportunity to train to become an Engine Rating, gaining nationally recognised certificates in arc welding, machining and sea survival along the way.
After 18 months, they will be ready for employment by an IMEC member as a Junior Rating in a ship’s engine room and will have huge levels of responsibility within a highly trained engineering team.
The first batch started last quarter of 2017 after passing rigorous selection process.