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AMOSUP breaks ground for next sailor’s home

President Dr Conrado Oca reckons the completion of Annex II will provide over a thousand bunk beds and other amenities to members

A new lodging facility for AMOSUP members is set to rise at the union’s base in the historic Intramuros, Manila. The new four-storey Sailors’ Home, which will sit on a 750 sq m lot, will have its basement, parking area, office dorm and bunk beds that can accommodate 440 seafarers.

Once completed, the AMOSUP Sailors’ Home Annex II will be the union’s third accommodation facility allotted to members residing in distant provinces who need to be in Manila for their next flight away while in transit to their ships, or to those who just came home after signing off from their latest vessel. Other seafarers who check in at the Sailor’s Home are those who follow up documents or attend trainings and seminars required by the maritime profession.

AMOSUP president Dr Conrado F Oca expressed his excitement over the project. “This is a pet project for our transient seafarers who mostly come from the Visayas, Mindanao, and distant provinces of Luzon as well,” Dr Oca, who led the groundbreaking ceremonies, noted.

Furthermore, Dr. Oca said Annex 2 will add up to more than a thousand bunk beds that AMOSUP can offer to the members. The main Sailors’ Home and its first annex, which are just a mooring line’s away on Cabildo St, can accommodate more than 700 seafarers.

International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) general secretary Stephen Cotton, who graced the groundbreaking as its guest-of-honour, applauded AMOSUP for yet another remarkable project for its members. “The new sailors’ home is gonna be an amazing addition in keeping with the history and culture of Intramuros,” Mr. Cotton exclaimed.

In his message, Cotton said transport workers in the Philippines are a vital part of the global workforce. “The ITF considers the men and women of the Philippines as critical part of our future and how we work with you to have secured jobs and good salaries and have an opportunity for a bright future,” Mr. Cotton expounded.

He stressed that AMOSUP has the best seafarers’ facilities in the maritime industry. “You have to give credit to Capt Greg Oca who smoothly transitioned into Conrad’s (leadership). It never stops and now has the biggest seafaring members in the world,” he added. The ITF General Secretary thanked the union “or the vision, the leadership and for taking care of the seafarers.

The groundbreaking ceremonies, held last 02 October 2019, was memorialised through the time-capsule laying, along with the blessing of the lot premises. AMOSUP’s Legal Officer, Atty Noli Partido, hosted the event. SF