CONDOTEL FOR SEAFARERS
Filipino seafarers will enjoy the luxury of a condominium-hotel (condotel) once they are offshore or waiting for deployment in Manila.
The condotel will soon be constructed based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Secretary Arthur Tugade, for the Dept. of Transportation; Congressman Sandro Gonzales, for the MARINO Partylist; and Pres. Conrado Oca, for the Associated Marine Officers' and Seamen's Union of the Phil (AMOSUP).
The event highlights the 47th Anniversary of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) last Thursday, June 14.
MARINA Administrator Robert A. Empedrad and GM Jay Daniel Santiago of the Phil Ports Authority (PPA) witnessed the MOU signing.
Under the agreement, PPA donates the 1,100-sqm site for the condotel. MARINO and AMOSUP shall jointly underwrite costs of the project.
The project is a signal recognition Filipino seafarers play in the growth of the Philippine economy with their local employment taxes, foreign remittances and other economic activities.
The site is well-considered since Filipino seafarers come from the different islands in the country. Also, most shipping and manning employers are based in the National Capital Region (NCR) and seafarers need decent temporary living quarters while waiting to be deployed, returning from deployment, and those employed in inter-island shipping.
Sec. Tugade sees the project as a milestone in the partnership of allied sectors, and presents a very bright future for the maritime industry.
Dr. Oca continues the leadership of AMOSUP in granting seafarers family perks (like houses) and health services (like hospitals and test laboratories).
Cong. Gonzalez was more detailed: “…seafarers staying in Metro Manila were evicted from their dorms and hostels for failure to pay for their lodging. Because of misconception that they came from abroad, they were carriers of COVID-19. That is our motivation for this project - the Seafarer's CONDOTEL. With this MOU, it gives me comfort that this will never happen again.”