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One proud women seafarers advocate


She’s Fairer as a Seafarer (#SFAS) is our worldwide campaign which started in 2013 and fosters the welfare of women serving the maritime industry, particularly in a male-dominated profession called seafaring.

Folks, these bold women have been sailing the high seas, fight boredom, homesickness, isolation and even sexism on-board but no storm has sunken their dreams to go great lengths.

Below blog posts talk about their compelling stories:
1. Jasmin Labarda: Philippine’s first Filipina Ship Captain
2. 13 Reasons Why Che Javellana is ‘Beauty and the Best’ Ship Captain
3. Nina da Silva: Philippine’s pioneering Marine Chief Engineer
4. Engr. Maike Ligan’s tips to shatter stress
5. Prey Ponceja: The seawoman who took social media by storm


Wonderful lessons Sushmita Sen, Taylor Swift and Sisa can teach women seafarers

ITF Women seafarers’ rights

10 Stunning ‘Wonderman’ seafarers

Women migrant workers

Help us promote women empowerment by sharing this post on your social media accounts! If you know one woman seafarer we can include in our list of inspiring seawomen, please feel free to comment below.

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Jasmin Labarda: The First Filipina Captain We Can All Be Proud Of


Captain Jasmin Costelo Labarda, 34, fulfilled in 2010 one of her wildest dreams in life – to finally pass the Master Mariner’s examination.

A proud alumna of MAAP, did you know that she was just 27 years old then when she snatched the prestigious title and eventually became the first ever Filipina to be licensed Ship Captain?

Appearing on a promotional video of Globe, Capt. Labarda narated:

I’m Jasmin Costelo Labarda.

I’m 32 years old.

I work on a ship  as the Chief Officer, and Senior Dynamic Positioning Officer (Senior DPO).

And I have a Captain License.

There are a lot of challenges kasi nasa male-dominated profession tayo and then female ako.

Pilipino pa tayo. Yung industry mostly ibang nationality.

Medyo hindi sila kampante kapag sinabing  Asian or Pinoy.

And then ang lalaki kailangan magtrabaho ng double, Ikaw babae ka – mas triple pa. Tenfold pa.

My mother learned about MAAP – Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific in Camaya Point, Mariveles, Bataan.

My father is a pumpman, and he works in the engine department. So gusto ko rin i-follow up yung work niya.

2010 I got my Master’s License – Captains License. I was 27 then.

Little did I know that Iwould be spending  a lot of time away from the family.

We are very close-knit – close talaga kami.

Especially with my mom. So talagang mahirap.

I know they are my gem. They are my true wealth.

Mawala man ang lahat- family matters. Kumbaga, I can  always buy anything  I want but I cannot find any family.

I reason I moved to the offshore industry – when I got my Chief mate license.

I found out I was third in the Philippines. I was very happy.

Kasi ibig sabihin – may susunod na lima, apat, anim, sampu. Madali na.

Sinabi ko sa sarili ko, by the age of 30 dapat Kapitan na ako. Not only for myself.

But for every female na malaman nila, ganun rin  sa mga lalaki. Kapag nagawa ko, magagawa rin nila.

Whatever you have become, gaano man kalayo yung narating mo, do not forget kung saan ka nanggaling.

Kasi kung saan ka nanggaling – they will always need you.

We are the young generation – so sa atin dapat magmula yung love-concern sa country natin.

Kasi yun lang ang kulang. Walang ibang magmamahal ng bansa natin kundi tayo lang.

Indeed, Capt. Labarda is a source of pride and inspiration among Filipino people. Hopefully, many more migrant workers, particularly women, would be inspired by her story.



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