TACLOBAN CITY- The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) paid tribute to the seafarers across the region during the celebration of the “Day of Filipino Seafarers” held on June 25.

The theme of this year’s celebration was “Pinoy Seafarers: Proudly moving the world,” a very apt theme considering that more than 35 percent of the world’s seafarers come from the Philippines.

There are over 8,000 seamen from the region which helps Eastern Visayas’ economy through their remittances. The said sector contributes more than $2 billion to the country’s economy.

As part of this year’s celebration, series of activities were lined up by the NMP which included a media conference and a thanksgiving mass held at the Santo Nino Church.
A floral offering, led by the Leyte Chapter president of the Seamen’s Wives Association of the Philippines Inc. (SWAPI), was also held at the NMP office in Barangay Cabalawan, this city.

According to NMP Executive Director Forter Puguon Sr. the occasion aims to increase the awareness of the public on the services rendered by the seafarers and to honor and recognize them. (CARYL TOMANDA, LNU Intern)