An International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) online article stated that an estimated 1,647,500 seafarers are serving internationally trading merchant ships nowadays. Of the worldwide population, 25 percent are composed of Filipino seafarers.
As the ‘single biggest nationality bloc’ in the global shipping industry, Filipino seafarers push forward the country’s economy thru remittances they send home. In 2015 alone, a Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CF0)’s study revealed that the Philippines made a mint from $5.575 billion remitted hard-earned money of our humble servants at sea. Indeed, PH’s largest group of male migrant workers plays a crucial role in nation-building.
On the other side of the coin, seafarers however are dubbed as ‘unsung’ new heroes of our generation. Literally, many people are layperson to their plight. Hence, this blogpost aims to inform you of below ‘million-dollar’ interesting facts about our Filipino seafarers.
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