WMOC EXPANDS TO SERVE MORE
By Coca H. Strobar
Compelling reasons why Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” attended the office inauguration of WMOC Documentation Services:
- WMOC is a respected operations for maritime requirements
- Important in his plan for growth of maritime companies in Manila
- He is a closet seaman, son of a stevedore, reared in the slums of Tondo where merchant mariners are the “social elite.”
Nostalgic and speaking in Tagalog before an audience of foreigners, he recalled his father worked with Compania Maritima in odd jobs as estibador, signal man, makinilyero. That was the 80s, where girls go to Japan to “enrich” while boys have two options: grow a beard and go to Saudi Arabia or be a seaman enabling them to build concrete houses.
Off the usual.
Mayor Domagoso has exciting plans to revive Manila, by attracting more business and key reforms in governance. He is guided by an Albert Einstein quote “… don’t expect different results will come to you tomorrow if what you did today is the same as yesterday.”
His parallelism is replete with maritime and awareness: about five years back, another country offered lower wages to compete against Filipino seafarers. In less than a while, principals are back here hunting again for the quality and reliability of Pinoy mariners.
Thus, he welcomes as great support the services of WMOC to the global presence of Filipino merchant mariners.
WMOC President Rachelle Orquiza carries demonstrated excellence in a male-dominated field of Security applied in maritime situations. Skilled in Operations Management, Maritime Operations, Inspection, International Shipping and Maritime, she has strong business sense, holds a degree from Far Eastern Univ-MassComm by which she earned published articles.
Orquiza was Managing Director for Worldwide Maritime Operations Company, four years providing Onboard Security for vessels transiting high risk areas.
In 2005, she transferred to WMOC Documentation Services which facilitates Licenses and Endorsements for seafarers for Panama, Marshall Islands, Liberia and other flag states, documentations for Change of Flag, Inspections and related services.
Orquiza thanked her supporters and assured “… we will continue to exceed expectations.” She revealed the need for around 2,400 seafarers to capitalize on in bringing more job-seekers to actual sea work.
WMOC has long championed programs to benefit workers like cruise ship training and shipboard familiarization. For Panama flag state, for example, accreditation for maritime schools and centers is already well taken care of.
A doting mother and compassionate, Orquiza explained, “We’re here to assist Filipino seafarers especially the fresh graduates from maritime schools in acquiring their deserved slots through proper documents and quick processing. We can assure they can go off to sea without hassle and delay.”
Dignitaries at the inaugural last June 15th included Ambassador Rolando Guevarra A. Alvarado (Panama), Managing Director Gerry Buchanan (Liberian Registry Far East) and Country Manager Leo Bolivar (Marshal Islands Intl Registries).
Also honoured guests are Capt. Banny Briones (Meiji Group Phils), Capt. Dexter Custodio (Epsilon Manning), Training Manager Dan Aldrich Tolentino (Intl Maritime Employers’ Council).
The capital city is a magnet for trade and commerce, many investors and business owners put companies in Manila. Folks from the provinces flock to Manila, increasing opportunities and potentials to be discovered.
Late 16th-century Manila was a Muslim settlement surrounded by wooden palisade which ruler levied customs and duties on commerce passing up the Pasig River. Spaniards entered in 1571, destroyed the settlement, founded the fortress City of Intramuros.
Spanish colonial rule built churches near marketplaces, expanding north, east and south, linking market-church complexes seen today as town plaza or poblacion or cabezera.
Anti-Spanish sentiments grumbled in the 1890s; the execution of José Rizal in December 1896 sparked a year-long insurrection.
World War II: Manila was declared Open City and occupied in January 1942 by the Japanese with little damage. Much like Warsaw (Poland), it was levelled by US forces in recapturing it in 1945.
Architecture: Manila reflects American, Spanish, Chinese and Malay influences, considered The Paris of the East” in those days. Rizal Park and several government buildings were designed by US architect and city planner Daniel H. Burnham.
Commerce: North of the river—along the bay and west central region—constitute the chief centers of commerce. Manufacturing include textile, publishing and printing, food and tobacco and chemical processing. It also produces lumber and wood items, rope and cordage, soap and like goods. Factories are congested in Tondo, Binondo, and Santa Cruz; heavier industries are in Paco, Pandacan and Santa Ana.
Education: Every student dreams to study in Manila, at the Univ of the Phil, Phil Normal College and the Technological Univ of the Phil, at the Univ of Santo Tomas and the Ateneo de Manila Univ, as well as the non-sectarian Univ of the East and Far Eastern Univ.
Culture: The Phil Cultural Center hosts major performances; also, the Folk Arts Theatre, Metropolitan Theatre, open-air theatre at Rizal Park. The natl Museum and Library hold anthropological and archaeological exhibits; the Natl Institute of Science and Technology a large collections of plants and animals; the geological museum of the Bureau of Mines and Geosciences; the Planetarium; Fort Santiago housing original works of Dr. José Rizal.
Transport: The city loves the Build, Build, Build (BBB) program of the national Administration like more rails and terminals addressing the horrendous grid at EDSA highway and inter & inner road spindles.
Like mega cities, Manila is plagued with the usual urban problems of pollution, traffic congestion, overpopulation and housing shortage. Disparity between the rich and the poor, reflected on luxury condo and makeshift shack side by side, makes Manila a city of contrasts.
Mayor Domagoso promised a different Manila in the next 12 months.
“I cannot promise to bring and to see you all on the new horizon. But this one thing I assure you, there will be a new Manila in one year time,” says the former show-business heartthrob.
The digital revolution is disrupting almost all industries as technology transforms the world. But WMOC sees it positively for the maritime industry. For one, WMOC is prepared to assist Filipino seafarers, even the fresh graduates.
Digitization has had a huge impact on the shipping industry like monitoring movements of ships, cargoes and people from anywhere and in real time. Yet, Filipino seamen have yet to maximize the application of the technology.
WMOC Documentation Services sails on with the launch of new services through its state-of-art power center. In essence, this should result to max remittance, estimated at 35% of the country’s annual earnings.
Family-oriented, most send large chunks of monthly allotments. Calling modern heroes is a fitting accolade for their sacrifices for flag and family.
This is why Worldwide Maritime Operations Company (WMOC) Documentation Services added more facilities at its new office on the seventh floor of Marc 200 Tower, Taft Avenue and San Andres Street in the Malate District. The grand event last June 15th was attended by dignitaries from abroad with key links to the services provided by WMOC.
WMOC Pres. Rachelle Orquiza positions itself as a major player in ensuring the welfare of sea service workers. In operations since 2008, WMOC facilitates documents like maritime licenses and endorsements for seafarers for flag states.
“We’re here to assist Filipino seafarers, especially the fresh graduates, acquire slots through proper documents and quick processing ” and adding “We can assure them they can actually go off the sea without hassle, delay and then get paid accordingly.”
WMOC’s services cover the license and endorsement papers of four flag states, namely, Panama, Marshall Islands, Liberia, and Malta. Operations are handled by experts assisted by experienced staff, aligned on international regulations, conventions and legislations to bridge any gap between maritime professionals, manning agencies and flag state authorities.
At the coat-and-tie inaugurals, Orquiza stressed, “We aim to help Filipino seafarers in ways we can and this occasion is our way of presenting to our community our existing and envisioned services properly put in place…”
On top, WMOC has championed programs to benefit workers, including cruise ship training and shipboard familiarization. For example, at the Panama flag state, accreditation for maritime schools and centers is already well taken care off.
Filipino seafarers are equipped, hardworking, sociable, fit for work. The WMOC Documentation Services formalizes these, a building block for official recognition and strong pillar for seafarers of today and beyond.