22 June 2010- The Joint Manning Group (JMG) and the Associated Marine Officers and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) hosted a Maritime Exhibit showcasing the events and stories of the history of the Philippine Maritime Industry featuring its beginning, growth, and development and future goals as a major supplying nation of seafarers in the world. The venue was at the Forum 1 of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

The JMG is an umbrella organization of independent, well- established and long standing maritime and manning associations in the country namely the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment, Inc. (FAME), Filipino Shipowners’ Association (FSA), International Maritime Association of the Philippines (INTERMAP), Philippine Association of Manning Agencies and Ship Managers Inc. (PAMAS) and Philippine-Japan Manning Consultative Council (PJMCC) created to jointly push for the development of manning and shipping industry. Collectively, it has a total membership of close to three hundred (300) manning agencies.

The Maritime Exhibit was a side event aligned with the 2010 STCW Diplomatic Conference (DipCon) held last 21-25 June 2010 in our country as the host. The JMG together with AMOSUP and other maritime associations collected significant photos, articles and stories contributory to the history of growth and development of the Philippine Maritime and Seafaring industry to showcase in the exhibit.

For the ceremonial ribbon cutting, the IMO Secretary General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, DOLE Undersecretaries Romeo C. Lagman and Noriel P. Devanadera did the honor to cut the ribbon as the official opening of the exhibit accompanied by representatives from different maritime associations and stakeholders namely Mr. Eduardo U. Manese Chairman of JMG and Atty. Jesus Sale of AMOSUP.

The exhibit highlighted the past, present and future of the Philippine Maritime and Seafaring Industry. The JMG in partnership with the different sectors is determined to meet the global demand for a robust workforce, ready to plan for the changing maritime environment and react to specific principals’ needs five to ten years from now.

Aside from the photo gallery, JMG also showcased the Philippine Maritime AVP, a heart warming video focused on the life and of Filipino seafarers, their skills and competitiveness, their contribution to our country economically and the pride they bring to Filipinos and how they were regarded as the seafarers of choice as a tribute to our Filipino Seafarers in line with the celebration of 2010 as Year of the Seafarer. The video also depicted the goal of the Philippine Maritime and Seafaring Industry that by 2015, 40% of the ships around the world are manned by the Filipino seafarers with dedication and commitment from the industry together with Filipino seafarers that everything is “posible”! Mr. Posible author himself, Mr. Ericson M. Marquez, Vice-Chairman of JMG and President of FAME presented the said inspiring and well applauded video.

The awarding of The Outstanding Filipino Seafarers Award (TOFSA) was also part of the program. It was hosted by Director Clifford A. Paragua of MTC with a short yet meaningful message from the Undersecretary Romeo Lagman.

This industry brings in three billion US Dollars (US$3B) in foreign exchange earnings and provides employment to over 400,000 Filipino seafarers including related trades, businesses and continuously contributing to the economy of the country. Seafaring profession is one of the professions that Filipinos are best of and really standing out not only here in the country but also in the world.

With the battle cry of “We were… We are… We will…” the Philippines always aim to be the Manning Capital of the World and the industry are committed to provide only the best Filipino seafarers to responsible shipowners all over the globe.

Mabuhay ang Marinong Filipino!!