Working Pinoy on Cruise Ships

HOTEL & TOURISM: Full Scholarships for Filipinos in Thailand, 2017

itim scholarship

I-TIM is proud to offer up to fifteen scholarships to qualified students to study new program and to encourage student opportunities in Thailand.

This new program is designed for students who are interested in gaining specialized skills and work experience for hotel or restaurant operations. The program combines classroom and practical learning at I-TIM’s campus in central Bangkok with an internship in one of our partner establishments located all across Thailand.

The International Hotel and Tourism Industry Management School or I-TIM as it is now known, was originally initiated and formally established in 1987 and was authorized by the Private Education Commission, Ministry of Education to teach programs in hotel and tourism management in 1988.

Course Level: This is a 9-month scholarship programme.

Study Subject: Scholarships for awarded for Hotel and Tourism Industry Management.

Scholarship Award: Students who receive a scholarship will qualify for

  • 100% full discount of tuition fee
  • 50% discount of other expenses

Scholarship can be taken in Thailand

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following area for the scholarship:

  • Aged between 20 – 28 years old
  • Good personality, and strong interpersonal and grooming skills

Minimum height is 160 cm (female) and 170 cm.(male)

Weight must be in proportion to height

  • Pleasant appearance

Nationality: Filipinos and ASEAN students can apply for these scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: High School Diploma with minimum GPA of 2.50/4 or Bachelor Degree or higher

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement: Applicants must be Fluent in English.

How to Apply: Applications should be sent via email.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is June 16, 2017


Scholarship Link




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Top reminders a seaman’s book holder should not ignore


If you want to work aboard ocean-going or coast wise vessels, you are entitled to apply for and possess a Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB) or what is commonly referred by many sailors as ‘seaman’s book’.

On its first pages, you can find the seaman’s book unique alphanumeric number and its date and place of issue written along with your basic personal & physical information. Eventually, you may present your seaman’s book as a government-issued ID if circumstances require you so.

The succeeding pages are for seagoing service records. Once you start working on board for example, the Captain or any authorized representative will fill-up a designated section. On it, he writes the vessel’s name, IMO number, place of registry and gross tonnage on one column followed next by your rank, dates, and places when/where you join/disembark the ship.

To avoid future problems, make sure your sea service is correctly recorded, stamped or signed before you jump-off the ship to fly home.

On the other hand, did you know that the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA has the right to suspend/cancel your seaman’s book?


On its memorandum circular No. 87, the issuing body wrote these grounds for suspension/revocation.

  • Incompetence, negligence of incapacity in the performance of duty.
  • Intemperate habits such as drunkenness tending to cause immediate loss or destruction or serious damage to the vessel or tending to endanger the life of any person organic to or passenger of such vessel.
  • Insubordination or direct assault
  • Violation of the terms and conditions of the contract without just cause
  • Final conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction of a crime involving moral turpitude.

On the same memorandum, a mandatory cancellation of SIRB is applicable if the owner has committed:

  • Assault with dangerous weapon
  • Malicious destruction of ship’s property
  • Misconduct resulting in loss of life and/or serious injury
  • Molestation of passenger
  • Murder or attempted murder
  • Mutiny
  • Possession, use, sale or association with prohibited drugs, including marijuana
  • Sabotage
  • Court conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude
  • Smuggling of aliens or goods including firearms and ammunition
  • Theft of ship’s property or stores
  • Perversion
  • Jumping ship
  • Serious neglect of duty

Your seaman’s book serves as your ‘passport’ to work legally at sea. Take good care of it for a suspended/recalled seaman’s book costs an arm and a leg, worst a cancelled one puts your seafaring career to a grand end – a ain’t happy ending, I guess.


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FREE lawyers for oppressed seafarers


Aside from medical services, did you know that AMOSUP thru its Legal Affairs Office helps Filipino seafarers dealing with occupation related grievances/cases, i.e. involving their employers?

Active bona fide members who were dismissed from AMOSUP CBA-covered vessel, for example, can avail the legal services provided, FREE of charge!

For more information about this special assistance, read this page I extracted from an online AMOSUP Publication.




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From cruise ships with love: Pinoy cruisers cogently crusaded for the poor

It’s Mother’s Day but a group of people will treat their moms later today, probably right after a gift-giving activity which aims to benefit almost 100 poor people in Manila.


Buhay Sa Cruise Ship (BSCS) and Working Pinoy: Cruise Ships (WPCS), a circle of cruise ship workers and enthusiasts headed to Valley 2, Paranaque to distribute various goods the group had collected since the grand meet and greet activity in Feb 14.


“Napakasaya as in kasi hindi sila yung taong mapagsamantala.

“Tumutulong sila sa pagbubuhat sa mga gamit namin.

“And nagprepare sila ng pa-games pero hindi namin alam na para pala samin yun.

“Pokpok palayok and nagenjoy ako ng sobra.

“Maraming bata, maraming ngiti at saya na makikita mo sa bawat mukha ng mga tao dun.

“Sobra nakak-overwhelmed mga tao. Hindi na namin maramdaman yung pagod.” Serlean Miranda, a proud BSCS Member and event volunteer said in an online interview.

Meanwhile, Vblogger and Admin Rinell Banda who had spearheaded the BSCS/WPCS gift-giving activity expressed his sincere gratitude, particular to those who were deeply involved on the said community outreach program.

In Facebook post, Rinell stated:




Inspired by what Pinoy cruisers community contribute for nation building?

Join Buhay sa Cruise Ship and Working Pinoy Cruise Ships Facebook groups today!




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Top Videos of ‘Pambansang Cruiser’ which can help you turn your dream to work at sea into reality


Being a part of Working Pinoy: Cruise Ships and Buhay sa Cruise Ships Facebook Pages management team, my (and other admins/moderators’) inbox receives tons of inquiries every day.

How we wish then we have had overflowing time to reply on each inquiry sent.

If you’re one of the inquirers, I understand your thirst for knowledge and ideas. To be a seafarer is your ultimate dream so it’s just to ask whatever is tangible on that aspiration.

Related Reading: Dreaming to work in cruise ships? Here’s your ultimate guide to get quickly hired

Personally, we are happy to help but sometimes, due to some personal reasons, we have limited time to cater your requests. Hence, I provide useful video references on this blog post.

Thanks to Pinoy global Vblogger and Pambasang Cruiser Rinell Banda for his creativity and passion in filming these videos that had catapulted a lot of dreamers to work on cruise ships already.


Follow Rinell Banda’s Buhay Sa Cruise Ship YouTube Channel on this link >>

Related Reading: 10 true-to-life experiences of Rinell Banda which can change your life today

Work in a cruise ship


The Work in a Cruise Ship Youtube video which was shared on Facebook with Rinell’s personal ‘guide and tips’ caption had gained below comments, among others, from grateful viewers.

Ranel Quinto: Yung akala mong wala ng pag-asa tapos nakita at nabasa mo ito.. salamat sir!

Melchor Gafate: Thank you Sir Rinell for this guide.

Jaymar Gatan: Sir Renel ayaw q ng office, challenge to sakin. Gusto ko talaga makasampa and to pursue my goal. Very inspiring po lahat ng ginagawa mo and sa pagtulong mo sa kapwa. Godbless and I pray for you.

FYI, Rinell had been a fast-food waiter and a Japan entertainer before he worked in cruise ships. He’s now a Bellboy Captain sailing for years with a big cruise company and his cool travels had been featured once in the award-winning TV show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho of GMA-7.

Know the benefits one can get if he/she opted to work in a cruise ship, view this video post now..

Click, Watch and Learn


Furthermore, Rinell had uploaded other YouTube videos to answer below common questions I observe cruise ship job applicants were asking:

What is BT / SOLAS Training?

Top 20 Questions for Housekeeping Department – Initial or Final Interview.

I have tattoes. Can I still apply to work in a cruise ship?

What agencies are legit recruiters in Manila?

How about age limit?

Oh, I don’t how to swim!


What can you say about Pambansang Cruiser’s videos?


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#WPCSDAY2017: ‘Very much qualified’ candidates found and will start working in cruise ships soon.

A thousand miles journey starts with a single step. In particular, cruise job hopefuls attended this year’s biggest gathering of cruise enthusiasts, a special event held in Manila last Saturday, April 22.

Related Story: Biggest Pinoy Cruisers Grand Fusion in Manila


Credit: R. Flogio, WPCS

Since head organizer Rinell Banda invited major cruise-hiring agencies’ representatives like Magsaysay and UPL, among others, job-seekers were able to submit their CVs and may snatch their dream job at sea soon.


Credit: J. Quinanahan

Ms. Jen Castaneda, one of the admins of Working Pinoy:Cruise Ship (WPCS) Facebook page and a recruitment specialist of Magsaysay, had expressed her gratitude to all the participants.

“I am very much overwhelmed sa mga members natin who cooperate and participate,” She happily shared.

“It is very helpful sa part ng members pati saming mga nasa manning.

“Like ngayon, ang dami naming openings na di na kaya ng pool, we found candidates na VERY MUCH QUALIFIED. :),” She stressed.

Since the event was well supported by many WPCS members, Ms. Jen assured this –

“Hindi kami magsasawa na tumulong sa WPCS members natin.”

Set in PATTS College of Aeronautics Taguig, the 2017 WPCS Grand Meet and Greet was reportedly graced by more than 300 participants.


Related Story: Ten true-to-life experiences of Rinell Banda which can change your life today.

Kudos to all the organizers and highly hope for the best, cruise aspirants!


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How to get quickly hired as a security personnel in cruise ships


Do you dream to work on-board a cruise ship as a security personnel?

If yes, read on!

Royal Caribbean, a major US cruise company, may recruit someone like you to be part of their security department.

If hired, you’ll be responsible for maintaining excellent level of security – whether the ship is sailing at sea or docked in port.

“Our onboard security department provides our guests and crew a safe and secure environment, in which they can enjoy their work or their cruise vacation. Our security service’s mission is to prevent security incidents and deliver a highly trained staff which will provide an immediate response to all security related issues. This team is also responsible for the access control to the ship, the screening operation at the gangways, video security monitoring, investigations, security patrols, and more,”Royal Caribbean

Interested applicants, as per Royal Caribbean’s further statement written on its website, are then cordially invited to explore the opportunities given.

You may qualify to work given that –

“Potential candidates must meet the minimum requirements, including compliance with law enforcement credentials and other regulations such as ISPS Code.” Royal Caribbean stated on its website.

If you have gained outstanding experience as security personnel and has pleasing personality (optional), bootstrap your application by getting these seafarer related training: BT, SDSD & CROWD AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT


You may heed straight to the agency without getting the aforementioned training but let me remind you that the competition is stiff and that a hiring agency most usually prefers applicants who have been trained already (unless otherwise they badly needed you to join the ship ASAP.)

For more guide & tips on how to secure a cruise ship job, Read my other blog post – Dreaming to work in cruise ships? Here’s your ultimate guide to get quickly hired!



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BT, SDSD & CROWD: 3 trainings required to jump-start your cruise career


A high school graduate can work in a cruise ship – thanks God, it’s the usual minimum academic requirement set by hiring legit agencies in Manila.

But not completing the Basic Safety (BT), SSAT-SDSD and Crowd Crisis and Management training would for sure junk a cruise aspirant’s ultimate dream for they are required not by the agency and/or MARINA but by an international regulation which is no other than the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code for Seafarers 1978, as amended.

Let’s talk what you can learn from and how much time you need to allot on these 3 training:

1.Basic Safety Training (BT)

-All seafarers start their career taking BT. Aside from it’s a competence booster, the BT is prerequisite for you to get your first seaman’s book (SIRB), too.

Related Reading: Learning safety and survival at sea

-This 8-days training tackles 4 modules namely, Elementary First Aid (EFA), Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF), Personal Survival Techniques (PST) and Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR).

  • EFA – An International Marine Organization (IMO) Model Course 1.13 and accords with Section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code. Upon completion of the 2-day course, you will be competent to render proper first aid on board.
  • FPFF – An International Marine Organization (IMO) Model Course 1.20 and accords with Section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code. Upon completion of the 2-day course, you will be competent to observe fire precautionary measures and use various applicable fire-extinguishing mediums & equipment on board.
  • PST – An International Marine Organization (IMO) Model Course 1.19 and accords with Section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code. Upon completion of the 2-day course, you will be competent to apply personal survival techniques at sea in any event of grave emergencies at sea such as abandonship.
  • PSSR – An International Marine Organization (IMO) Model Course 1.21 and accords with Section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code. Upon completion of the 2-day course, you will learn how to comply with emergency procedures, prevent pollution of the marine environment, observe safe working practices, and contribute to effective human relationship on board.

2.Ship Security Awareness Training and Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (SSAT-SDSD)

-In accordance to STCW Code Section A-VI/6, Paragraphs 4,6,7&8 and Table A-VI/6-1 & A-VI/6-2, SSAT-SDSD is a 1-day course that will give you insights about the current security threats and patterns, recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances and devices, inspection, control and monitoring techniques, methods of physical searches of persons, personal effects, baggage, cargo and ship stores, testing, calibration and at-sea maintenance of security equipment and systems, etc.

Related Reading: Piracy in Sulu Sea

3.Crowd Management, Passenger Safety and Safety Training for personnel providing direct services and passenger spaces.

-An IMO Model Course 1.28 and in accordance with Regulation V/2, pa. 7 and 8, of the STCW Convention, and specified in Section A-V/2 pa. 4 and 5 (Ro-Ro Passenger ships) and V/3, pa. 7 and 8, of the STCW Convention, and specified in Section A-V/3 pa. 4 and 5 (Passenger ships other than Ro-Ro)

-A 2-days course that will provide you knowledge on how to organize shipboard emergency procedures, optimize resources, control response to emergencies, control passengers and other personnel during emergency situations, establish and maintain effective communications, etc.

Completion of the aforementioned training strengthens your application, should you wish to secure a cruise ship job in the future.


What can you say about the BT, SSAT-SDSD & Crowd Crisis and Management training?

Do you wish to get a training certificate soon?

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Pinoy Cruisers Grand Fusion to happen in Manila on April 22


Image Source: Rinell Banda

All members of the Working Pinoy: Cruise Ship (WPCS) Facebook group, cruise job applicants, and general seafarers with or without experience sailing are invited to attend the WPCS Grand Meet and Greet 2017, a special event organized by no other than Pinoy Cruise Vblogger & WPCS Admin Rinell Banda on April 22, 2017 in Paranaque City, Manila.


Related Reading: Ten life-changing experiences you can learn from the luckiest Pinoy cruiser alive.

On a Facebook post, Rinell stated in vernacular the purpose of the said event –

Para makilala ang mga miyembro [ng WPCS] in person at maging magkakaibigan.

Para magkaroon ng kaalaman tungkol sa pagbabarko lalo na sa mga first timers.

Para naman sa mga nagbabarko, makapagbigay po kayo ng impormasyon, agabay, payo,inspirasyon at motibasyon para sa mga baguhang aplikante at..

Para mamahagi ng blessings sa [pamamagitan ng] pagbigay o pagdonate ng konting tulong para sa mga street children, nasunugan, etc.)

Hence, participants are encouraged to bring with them the following:

– Sets of Resumes or CVs. (Some major recruitment agency’s personnel will be present on the event and will eventually collect your CVs.)

– Donation in cash or kind (i.e., used clothing, books, groceries and the likes)

Moreover, the PATTS College of Aeronautics at Lombos St, Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines was selected as the event’s venue.


Image Source: Rinell Banda




Please be reminded of the following schedules:

Registration: 1230H-1330H

Main event: 1300H-1600H

Gate closes at exactly 1330H

For more information, follow this event created on Facebook.


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Su-pa-Care’s Supa Fear & Supa Cash: A seafarer’s medical dilemma


Let me be clear. I wrote this #JuanVoice blog post not to pull-down a certain medical clinic but to highlight the fact that there is always a room for improvement and that our seafarers and seafarer aspirants deserve nothing but fair, professional and quality service from any medical institution.

So let me share a personal experience of a seafarer friend, whom few days ago had approached me, talked about his medical examination and raked over the ashes.

My apology that I need to protect identities. In so doing, I’ll be using pseudonyms and in the recorded voice file I received, I altered the tone of voices before posting it here.

Marco, a former Costa crewmember and now part of Norwegian Cruise Lines, resides in Baguio City. I know him as a responsible and loving father of his family. Dreaming to go back to sea so he could provide a more comfortable life and a bright future for his family, he is persistent to complete all documentary requirements of his current employer.

Well, everything went fine… if only the conduct of Marco’s medical exam didn’t turn out to be a real can of worms.

Supa care

Marco started his medical examination last January 30, 2017. He diligently submitted himself to Super-pa-care, a ‘famous’ medical screening clinic located in Ermita, Manila.

After completion of his medical exam, he went back to Baguio and waited for the result being posted by the clinic online.

But it was only in March 22, 2017 when he first observed that his medical exam was initially concluded. He opened Super-pa-care’s website to check his medical examination’s result and the status written was ‘ Temporarily Unfit’.

22 mar

On March 23, 2017, 0600H, he had checked the said website again but was more surprised to see that his status was changed from ‘ Temporarily Unfit’ to ‘Pending’ due to ‘x-ray findings and pulmo clearance’. Thus, he’s recommended for ‘re-read c/o super-pa-care; for follow-up; clarification on clearance;’


The incident ignited our deep chat in Facebook. The guy asked me what to do.

“Call them and asked what happened. It might be a clerical error only.” I replied.

“I had been calling them several times already, sir but to no avail,” he said.

After some hours, however, Marco told me that he was finally able to contact Super-pa-care but they don’t have any explanation about why his ‘Fit’ status was changed to ‘Pending’, i.e. clerical error only. They didn’t extend even any apology and he was just instructed to go back and personally ‘close the case’.

From Baguio to Manila, one needs to endure more or less 6 hours of long drive. Aboard an air-conditioned bus, Marco is mindful of the kind of future he and his beloved ones deserve to enjoy. He knows that as long as he works hard at sea, they won’t be impoverished.

That moment in the City of Pines though, Marco was chilled by bigger challenges.

His savings were drained. He lent money from many relatives and friends already – all for his medical examination to be settled yet that time. He didn’t know where to run for angels to make both ends meet again.

Moreover, a strong “supa fear” incepts on his being. I can actually feel it vibrating even though I’m overseas.

He told me his game’s over.

“Why?” I asked.

“Ano na naman kayang sakit ang ialalagay nila sakin sir? I’m afraid of more horrible things they can do to me. So better to quit. Wala na akong pera sir, eh!” he bare his heart to me.

Supa fear

As a seafarer advocate, I asked some of my friends of their personal experience dealing with and/or what they think of Super-pa-care, a leading medical screening clinic for seafarers. Though the stigma wasn’t new to me, I was still surprised to receive these kinds of feedback from them:

“Yes, super-pa-care ako [nagpa-medical] at ang biruan na tawag naming lagi doon ay super cash…”

“Well halos naman lahat dumaan jan.. Di nga lang malala yung sa akin pero nag prepare na rin ako [ng pera] bago ako magpamedical. Iba-iba rin kasing case eh..”

“Pinayuhan kami ng HR about sa medical. Kasi daw baka iilan lang samin ang makaalis nadala na sila sa previous batch na halos wala sa kalahati ang nakaalis dahil sa medical. Ang sakit diba?”

“ Si Mr. Fernando Po nagback-out. Katatapos lang siya ng medical niya. Hinihingan daw siya ng 150k for surgery kasi di raw pwede ang laki ng pusod niya.”

“Hindi naman nila sinasabi na magbayad ka nalang pero yun bang they provide a good environment na kung saan, mukhang mapipilitan ang marino na isettle nalang kesa maubos pera niya sa byahe-byahe.”

” Maraming sinisirang career si supa-pa-care… At kawawa yung mga crew na papaalis na bibigyan pa ng sakit.”

I don’t want to hang someone’s clothes in public here but those statements helped me by far understand why Marco had almost abandoned his great dreams in life.

If one enters Super-pa-care’s premises to have his medical examination, he fears that he might get in trouble (especially if those allegations are true and he has no super cash to pay so to attain a “fit to work” status).

Apparently, there’s something wrong in Super-pa-care organization’s culture.

Supa cash


Unfortunately, aside from supa fear, supa cash is real.

In March 29, I was able to prove it upon receipt of a recorded voice file sent by a reliable source.

I choose not to attach it here yet because of unchecked legal repercussions.

But if you really want to listen on that particular ‘controversial’ chat, please fill-up form below. I may share it initially by sending you the downloadable link on email.

On the said recording, below select conversation made my heart bleed:

Doctor J interrogated Marco of his previous medical test & clearance conducted by a certain Dr. Taamayo.

Doctor J: Saang clinic yun?

Marco: Manila Doctors, Room 2*4.

Doctor J: Bakit ka pinaclearance?

Marco: Sabi kasi nila [Super-pa-care] dun sir, punta daw ako sa Manila Doctors. Sabi ko kanino pong doctor? Sabi niya kahit sinong nandun basta pulmo. Yun ang sabi sir…

Doctor J: Eh nagdoble bayad ka pa.

Marco: Yes sir, tas na-ultrasound pa’ko kasi sir eh..marelease ang ultrasound, siningil ako ng….

Doctor J: Linawin mo…

Marco: Siningil ako ng 2…5…2…5, sir eh..

Doctor J: Nino?

Marco: Ni Taamayo. [Super-pa-care’s nurse has referred Dr. Taamayo to Marco.]

Doctor J: Bakit 2, 5?

Marco: May clearance nadaw kasi sir. Tapos siningil niya pa ako ng 600.

Doctor J: Doctor’s fee yun?

Marco: Opo

Doctor J: ‘Nak ng p***… (Napamura si Doc)


Marco traveled back to Manila last March 28. He had arrived 0600H in Super-pa-care but was catered finally around 1500H in the clinic. He reported to follow-up his medical examination that day.

Evening comes. Marco had detailed more his case in our Facebook chat. He stated the following:

  1. Taamayo, who’s clinic is located on Room 2*4 of Manila Doctor’s Hospital, has made a mistake reading his x-ray result and was not even ‘kilala’ [known/accredited] by Super-pa-care. This was according to Super-pa-care during his serious inquiry about the dear doctor.
  2. For the record, Rowiwi, a Super-pa-care nurse made the referral of Dr. Taamayo since that particular day of Marco’s x-ray, no doctor was available to read the result. Marco then went to Manila Doctor’s Hospital in UN Avenue. Inside Dr. Taamayo’s clinic, he was informed by the good doctor that he’s chest was “pudpod”(worn-out). Additionally, an ultra-sound was made. He left the clinic upon paying a total of Php 4,700.00 for all services availed.
  3. Since Dr. Taamayo is not “kilala” by Super-pa-care, the medical clinic changed after a day his ‘Fit” to “Pending” medical result status (see above photo dated March 23). Marco then has advised to seek a new doctor to re-read his x-ray and perform a pulmonary test. Consequently, he was advised by Super-pa-care to go to University of Santo Tomas (UST) Hospital.
  4. Marco has no more supa cash to use in case the UST doctor would require him to undergo some more tests, just like what happened to him in Manila Doctors. He has to find again another angel in order to clear his ‘pending’ medical exam.

Early morning of March 29, Marco returned to Super-pa-care and got a #2 waiting number. Normally, Super-pa-care calls by number but he was skipped for unknown reason. Baffled, he sent me a message so I instructed him to approach the front desk and ask why he wasn’t called yet. He said that they’re even already attending person #30 during that time.

“Something’s wrong.” I said.

“Baka ine-edit pa sir yung sakit na ilalagay sa akin,” he jokingly replied.

After some hours, I learned from him that he managed to talk to the head doctor of Super-pa-care. He had heard the same doctor talked to Rowiwi, too.

“Sabi ni doctor kay Rowiwi, pag pulmonary daw wag mag-ulit ulit kasi pwede daw ako magpacheck-up sa iba at masisita sila.”

He’s endorsement to UST Hospital was then cancelled after the head doctor warned Rowiwi, but he was referred anew to a certain doctor who’s clinic can be found in Manila Medical Center.

Around 0400H Manila Time, I can feel a brimming hope from someone who fought hard for his medical exam to be dealt fairly with.

Marco reported that he and Doc J of Manila Medical Center had a good conversation. They just talked and there was no medical test conducted. Doctor J then had finally ended his almost ‘two-month old’ pending medical result.

Interestingly, you read their conversation above. Doctor J has shed some light to prove a claim that in Super-pa-care, there’s supa care and supa cash.

If only Rowiwi of Super-pa-care has been considerate of whom he refers to, Marco will not waste thousands of money, much more spend his precious time traveling from Baguio to Manila, and vice-versa.

I hope that Super-pa-care will give benefit of doubt to Marco’s case so they would be able to ameliorate their service offered to all seafarer clients.

 Supa reminder

Dear seafarers and seafarer aspirants, be very vigilant during the conduct of your medical examination. You might encounter people like Nurse Rowiwi and/or Dr. Taamayo.

Marco’s expenses burgeoned because of them. The innocent man should have used it to provide basic needs of his family.

“ Pambili pa sana ng gatas ng anak ko yun, sir.” He confided

I believe Super-pa-care is still true to its mission that they’re a reliable medical screening partner of many shipping agencies. If so, I challenge the whole organization to eradicate our supa fear and supa cash notions. Besides, your seafarer clients pay the right amount on time and they just deserve, I reiterate, nothing but fair, professional and quality service from you.

If you want to earn more, I believe it’s better to transform the Super-pa-care clinic into a super-to-care morgue. Dun po kayo manggipit sa patay,huwag sa mga katulad ni Marco na may mga pangarap sa buhay.



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