1st FAME General Membership Meeting for 2013
Manila, Philippines – The Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment, Inc. (FAME) held its 1st General Membership Meeting for 2013 on 15 March 2013 at the Diamond Hotel Philippines, Roxas Blvd., Manila.  
With the upcoming National Elections on 13 May 2013, the Association has invited the two (2) Maritime Party-Lists seeking to secure a seat in the House of Representatives namely Association of Marine Officers and Ratings, Inc. (AMOR SEAMAN) and Ang Partido ng mga Pilipinong Marino, Inc. (ANGKLA).
The number one (1) nominee of AMOR SEAMAN, C/E Christopher P. Maambonginformed the general membership that the partylist was established to representthe not only the officers but also ratings in the Congress. For ANGKLA Partylist, Capt. Ronaldo SJ Enrileits secondary nominee presented the primary objectives of ANGKLA which are (1) to give voice to the seafarers and to those who are helping the seafarers to go onboard ships; (2) help students who are taking up seafaring professions; and (3) help the retired seafarers who are now financially constraint.
Both partylists appealed for the support from the general membership as they believed that this is the opportune time that industry has representation and voice in the Congress.
As the Philippine government is now on the process of implementing the provisions of the MLC 2006 and STCW 2010 Amendments, the Officers and Directors of FAME provided updates on the present direction of the Association to push appropriate actions from concerned government agencies and other entities to ensure compliance with the said international conventions. Particulars of which are 1) POEA’s amendment of the POEA license for manning agencies certifying compliance to Regulation 1.4,  Standard A.1.4 (MLC 2006); 2) inclusion of seafarer particulars in the summary “one pager” of Standard Employment Contract (SEC):  seafarer’s name, date of birth, birth place and shipowners’ address; 3) Bilateral Engagement of Flag States to align Philippine SEC for seafarers with their requirement; and the Department of Health’s (DOH) guidelines and standards for medical of the seafarers including the Seafarers’ Medical Certificate for Service at Sea also in compliance with MLC 2006.
Other matters that were discussed during the meeting were updates on the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) Audit to the Philippines, industry proposed Standard Cadetship Agreement, and the recent developments in the Seafarer Center – A Joint Project of JMG and SM Global Pinoy located at the 5th Floor of SM Manila for the promotion of welfare of the Filipino seafarers.
The Association plans and programs were also presented together with tentative dates of meetings and events for the whole year of 2013. 
Aside from providing industry updates and discussing pressing issues and concerns to the members, such meeting provided opportunity to reconnect members of the Association,share best practices among others and shape the direction of the Association towards industry excellence.