The president of the Japanese Shipowner’s Association (JSA) announced last Tuesday, after a visit to the office of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz, that they will hire 2,000 more Filipino seafarers in the next two years.
Koji Mihayara, president of JSA, told Ms. Baldoz that Filipino seafarers will be hired as officers and crew of high value vessels.
“It is not surprising that Japanese and other shipowners like the Greeks and Europeans trust Filipino seafarers. Filipino seafarers are the best in the world… [They are] also cheaper than other nationalities,” United Filipino Seafarers president Nelson P. Ramirez said.
Japan is one of the biggest employers of Flipino seafarers, with over 35,000 sailors working for local and domestic vessels, DOLE Public Information Division Director Nicon F. Fameronag said.
Filipino seafarers remitted $3.5 billion in 2009, data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas showed.
Koji Mihayara, president of JSA, told Ms. Baldoz that “JSA will continue to support the government of Japan’s cooperative effort with the Philippine government in protecting seafarers against piracy.”
Source: Business World Online