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Mental health training, acoustic night mark AMOSUP celebrations of Seafarer’s Day 2022

September 16, 2022

To celebrate the Day of the Seafarer 2022, AMOSUP marked the occasion with the launch of a mental health training in the day, and a dinner and entertainment night for union members.

The Union, along with Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), Gregorio Oca Leadership Development (GOLD) Foundation and AMOSUP Youth, launched the ‘Mental Re-berth: Berthing in the Seas of Adversity’ on 25 June at the JSU-AMOSUP Sports Complex and Maritime Museum, Malate, Manila.

The one-day training course aims to equip seafarers with extensive knowledge in managing mental health issues using positive approaches, as well as using this knowledge to help others. The training course, which attracted over 40 participants from both upcoming ang vacationing seafarers, was held towards its mission to produce resilient and adaptable seafarers who can overcome mental health challenges and recover from setbacks brought by the working and living environment on board ships.

Vice Admiral Eduardo Ma R Santos, AMOSUP EVP and MAAP president, graced the occasion with an inspiring message on the importance of problem management being encountered while at sea providing good insight on how to overcome adversities and address mental health issues.

At the union’s headquarters in Intramuros, members shared a meal and music during an acoustic night with live bands to commemorate the dedication, perseverance and sacrifice of seafarers to keep world trade moving.

It was a night of fellowship full of good vibes and solidarity, thanks to the members who joined in and shared their time in the celebration on the Day of the Seafarer Acoustic Night at the AMOSUP Convention Hall and meal at the Sailor’s Home!

In his message, AMOSUP President, Dr Conrado Oca, praised the seafarers and extended his heartfelt thanks: “Sa nakalipas na mahigit dalawang taon ipinakita ninyo sa buong mundo ang inyong galing, tibay at kakayahang lampasan ang anumang hamon ng pagbabarko sa gitna ng pandemya. Kasama ang mga katuwang natin sa industriya at sa pamahalaan ay naiangat natin ang Filipino seafarers bilang key workers providing an essential service to frontliners.”

(In the past two and a half years, you have shown the world your excellence, resilience and your ability to overcome the challenges at sea in the midst of the pandemic. Alongside our social partners in the industry and government, we were able to elevate the status of the Filipino seafarers as key workers providing an essential service to frontliners.)

“Sa bawat byahe gumiginhawa ang buhay ng pamilya n’yo. Sa bawat paglalakbay itinataas ninyo ang bandila ng Pilipino. Patuloy ang aming dasal para sa inyong mabuting kalusugan, kaligtasan at tagumpay.”

(In every voyage, you provide a comfortable life to your family. With each journey, you raise the flag of the Filipino people. We continue to pray for your good health, safety and success).

Muli, maligayang araw ng mga mandaragat! (Again, Happy Seafarer’s Day!!)SF