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About Capt Gregorio Oca
On November 21, 2010, the Philippine maritime industry mourned the loss of a great leader who had selflessly served and championed the rights of Filipino seafarers for more than half a century. Captain Gregorio S. Oca, master seafarer, mariner and visionary, passed away at the age of 83.
With his passing, Capt. Oca left behind a rich legacy of achievements and milestones. It was 50 years ago when Capt. Oca established AMOSUP to look after the welfare and best interests of the Filipino seafarer. In the five decades since its inception, the AMOSUP has grown to become the largest seafarers’ union in the country. Capt. Oca has also received numerous recognitions, the most recent of which was the Order of Lakandula with Rank of Bayani conferred by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last June.
The wake was held at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Chapel In Cubao and then the AMOSUP Seamen’s Center in Intramuros, Capt. Oca’s remains were buried at the Loyola Cemetery in Marikina to full military honors on Nov. 28.
Representatives from the different manning industries paid their tribute to the man recognized for initiating and promoting active unionism among seafarers in the Philippines. Officials from the government sector led by Honorable Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz of the Department of Labor and Employment gave touching recollections of Capt. Oca. “He was a seafarer first before he became a maritime trade union leader, and this earned him the genuine respect and recognition not only of his peers and colleagues in the Philippines, but also by leaders of international maritime organizations,” said Baldoz.
Representatives from international shipping industry partners and companies expressed their optimism and confidence in the Union leadership’s capability to continue upholding the rights of Filipino seafarers, a tradition started by Captain Oca more than 50 years ago.
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