For example, those doctors, nurses, seamen, teachers, domestic helpers (and really just college graduates in general) who speak English well have an edge on the rest and are able to work abroad, thanks largely to their competency in English. They help make Philippine migrant workers one of the largest migrant worker groups in the world. Indeed, the more than 10 million Filipino workers abroad have managed to prop up the Philippine economy by sending some $16 billion back home to their families last year, amounting to the fourth largest level of total remittances in the world, and accounting for almost 12 percent of the country’s entire GDP. Indeed, remittances from overseas workers have time and again made it possible for the country to survive many crises, and they will perhaps help it weather the current financial crisis.

Call-center agents, Filipinos chatting on their headsets to inquiring English-speaking customers half a world away, were supposed to provide the answer to the Philippines’ economy. They could be drawn from the country’s famously large pool of English speakers to tap into the lucrative offshoring and outsourcing (O&O) market.

But employers in the industry say they now have to reject 95 of 100 job applicants because their English proficiency is inadequate.  Since the economy depends on the ofw and the call centers for a major part of its spending power,,,,,its like the ostrich has stuck his head in the sand ignoring English is the economic driver of the the country!

A country where spoken English once ranked as an official language has seen its collective proficiency slide over the years, even as the economic importance of the english has grown. The decline stems in part from nationalist campaigns to promote Filipino and from inattention in schools, which the government is taking steps to undo.

Employers say it is increasingly difficult to find people with adequate English, and some O&O employers think the labor supply has dried up.

English once dominated

The shortage is ironic given that the Philippines once boasted, with some justification, of being the world’s third largest Anglophone country.


If students’ math and science scores are poor, their performance in English is even worse.
“If we do not supply the demand, then we will lose our business,” Garcia says. “We will always need the English language.”


Read the complete articles here at this link
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2010/0510/For-Filipinos-English-proficiency-is-fading


http://english.safe-democracy.org/2009/01/21/the-philippines-still-grappling-with-english/

How the pressures of the shipping industry have shaped everything about this maritime culture. Right down to their penile implants.



The Philippines provides more seafarers to the global labor market than any other country in the world, accounting for approximately a fifth of 1.2 million maritime workers. The number of Filipinos currently living on vessels is roughly 240,000.

Other low-wage countries, including India, South Korea, and Indonesia, apply for the same jobs. For that reason, McKay argues, the Filipinos have set out to differentiate themselves from crew members of other nationalities.

perhaps the most fascinating part of the Filipino seafaring identity, the little-known and barely studied sexual practice of "bolitas," or little balls.

Many Filipino sailors make small incisions in their penises and slide tiny plastic or stone balls -- the size of M&M's -- underneath the skin in order to enhance sexual pleasure for prostitutes and other women they encounter in port cities, especially in Rio de Janeiro. "This 'secret weapon of the Filipinos,
This is a man's job ['barako talaga'].... You are away from your family, you are in the middle of the sea and you see nothing but the sea and the sky for one month. ... If you want adventure, seafaring is your type of job. But given the heavy work, loneliness and the waves, seafaring is really a difficult job....Most land-based jobs are safe, [but] when a seaman boards a ship, one foot is already in the grave.

As one Filipino officer told McKay: "'The women prefer Filipinos because we treat them nice, not like other nationalities,'"  Read the original complete article here
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/08/the-strange-sexual-quirk-of-filipino-seafarers/278285/

 Read more about implants here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Implant_%28body_modification%29
http://www.urologicalcare.com/advanced-ed-treatments/types-penile-implants/
http://www.yourplasticsurgeryguide.com/other-procedures/penile-implant.htm
Although University of Cebu is often a choice of Marine Engineers Seamen, the cheapest tuition is at CTU Cebu Technological University with tuition about 8000 pesos per semester and they have many campuses in various towns all over the island of Cebu with many cadets in Carmen, Cebu. Be aware there are over 40,000 Marine Engineers graduating every year here in the Philippines and most graduates do not get hired on the international ships where the best pay is, usually the ones that do get hired at the top notchers in grades or with relatives already working on the international ships to help them apply with references.  Read more about CTU here at this link
 

FILIPINIO seafarers are not just the modern heroes who remit dollars but are also the Philippines’s sailing ambassadors to different countries around the world.

This was the message of Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) 7 Director Nanette Villamor-Dinopol during the International Seafarers’ Day celebration at a mall in Cebu City yesterday.

Dinopol delivered her speech after a five-kilometer parade participated by seafarers and representatives of shipping lines, maritime schools, labor groups and government agencies.

Dinopol said yesterday's celebration marked a milestone toward two important challenges.

Read the complete article in the Sunstar 
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/06/26/more-heroes-seafarers-are-ph-s-sailing-ambassadors-289308

PHILIPPINE GLOBAL SEAFARERS: A PROFILE

 


Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. is seeking “vigorous and sustainable reforms”  in  the  maritime  industry for the Philippines to pass the European Union safety audit in  October  and  be able to save the jobs of  Filipino seafarers boarding European Union-flagged commercial vessels.

At least 360,000 Filipino seafarers are aboard EU vessels but their number will be pared down by 80,000 initially if the Philippines  flunks the safety audit to be conducted by the EU Maritime Safety Agency.
Belmonte stressed the need to upgrade  standards of training for the sailors to ensure that all schools comply with international norms and principles.

Earlier, the German Shipowners’ Association (Verband Deutscher Reeder) has warned that tens of thousands Filipino seafarers risk losing their jobs in EU-registered ships if the Philippine government fails to pass the EU maritime audit in October.

The International Chamber of Shipping, the world’s principal shipping organization representing 80 percent of the world’s merchant tonnage, also called the attention of President Benigno  Aquino III in a letter to address the EU’s concern over the country’s maritime industry’s failure to pass the audit last April.
During his visit to Germany, Vice President Jejomar Binay disclosed after meeting with some 50 German shipping titans in the seaport capital city of Hamburg that they would keep their Filipino seamen and supported the country’s efforts to pass the next EU maritime safety audit.  Read the full Manila Standard article here  http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/06/12/80000-seafarers-face-job-loss/


MANILA, Philippines—Amid an impending fare hike, the Metro Rail Transit is offering free train rides for seamen Tuesday as the country marks the Filipino Seafarers’ Day.

The free rides, which the Light Rail Transit also offers, will be from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. “in celebration of the day of the Filipino Seafarer” on June 25, MRT officer Toby Andulan and LRT spokesman Hernando Cabrera announced on Friday.

Seafarers who will avail of the free train rides only need to present their valid Marina-issued seaman’s book, or PRC ID, they said.

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines still fails to meet European Union (EU) standards on maritime education, training and competency certificates, according to the results of a recent performance audit, prompting Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario to raise the matter to President Aquino.

With the jobs of an estimated 80,000 Filipino seamen on EU-flagged vessels at stake, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has ordered the phaseout and closure of 123 out of 157 maritime training programs nationwide.

The move aims to avert an EU ban on the hiring of Filipino seamen.  Read the full article here at Philippine Star newspaper
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/05/29/947538/phl-still-fails-meet-eu-maritime-education-standards

SEAMAN JOB AGENCIES

3K Shipping Agency (Bulgaria)
Agmor Seafarers Agency Ltd. (Poland)
Alkyon Ltd (Ukraine)
Alliance Marine Services (USA)
Almagest Marine Agency (Ukraine)
Alpha Navigation(Ukraine)
Anglo Eastern Group (UK) - (was Denholm)
Aquarius Maritime Agency (Ukraine)
A.T.T. Bermudas (Ukraine)
Auto Dynamic Positioning Services (UK)
Bakena(Lithuania)
Baltic Maritime Job Exchange (Latvia)
Bergesen d.y. ASA (Norway)
BoatCrew Jobs (Mainly USA)
C.F. Sharp Shipping Group (Philippines)
Clyde Marine Recruitment (UK)
Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd. (Cyprus)
Crystal Marine (Ukraine)
Crewforce (UK)
The Crewing Agency (Australia)
Crewlink.com (Mainly USA)
Crew Recruitment from Asia
CVBay (submit your CV/resume)
Dampskibsselskabet " NORDEN " (Denmark)
Denholm Ship Management
Deltamarine (UK)
Dorchester Maritime (Go Through Recruitment)
Egida Agency (Ukraine)
Elite Company (Bulgaria)
El Greco (Philippines)
Euro-Baltic Shipping Services (Estonia)
Great Circle Marine Services (Canada)
Gretimybe (Lithuania)
Hammonia Marine Services (Philippines)
Haque & Sons (Bangladesh)
Hoffmann Services (USA)
IES Crewing Agency (Poland)
IMMA Ltd, International Maritime Manning Agency (Ukraine)
Indianmariner Employment
Indonesian Ship Crews
International Manning Service (Italy)
International Maritime Agency in Odessa(Ukraine)
International Marine Manning Services (UK)
International Seafarers Exchange
Intership Navigation (Cyprus)
Irish Trawlers (Trans-Ireland)
JobPower MaritimeUK
Jobs@Sea
Kirabate Maritime Agency (Republic of Kiribati )
LAPA (Latvia)
Libra Maritime Agency (Russia)
Lighthouse Marine Agency (Ukraine)
M & I Recruiting (Romania)
Marine Crew (Nertherlands)
Marine Pro Service (Ukraine)
MARINER - Crewing and Ship Manning Agency (Croatia)
Mariteksa (Lithuania)
Marin Crew (Netherlands)
Marine Enterprises International (UK)
Marine Jobs (USA)
Marine-Recruitment (UK)
Marine Search Associates (USA)
Maritime Job Finder (Online Forum)
Midmed-Odessa Ltd. (Malta-Ukraine)
NB Shipp. Co. Ltd. (Romania)
Nordelta Ltd. (Lithuania)
Notra Dame Oilfields (Filipino)
Ocean Crews(USA)
Oceanwide(Netherlands)
Oceanis
Offshore Guides
Page Marine Crews (Canada)
Partner Crew Agency
Petras Rupsys (Lithuania)
Polar Crewing Agency (Russia)
ROVeXchange
Ruscont Ltd. (Russia)
Scandinavian Maritime Services AB
The Sea Agency(Russia)
Sea Bee Lanimar (Ukraine)
SeaJobs (USA)
SeaCrew Odessa(Ukraine)
Sea Factor (Ukraine)
Seafarers Exchange
Sea-job.com
SeamenBank.com
Seatime Employment Agency, Inc. (USA)
Seaway Alaska Job(USA)
Ship Jobs Online
Shipping Connections (UK)
South Star Ltd. (Ukraine)
Spinnaker Consulting (UK)
SYPF Crewing Agency (Ukraine)
SuperManning Agency, Inc. (Philippines)
Telepassport-Bulgaria Ltd.
TCCS Odessa
Ties Ltd. (Ukraine)
Transit Ltd.
"Ukraina" Maritime Agency
UkrCrewing Maritime Agency
UNIVAN Ship Management Ltd
UVERS Ltd. (Ukraine)
Valmars(Russia)
Viking Recruitment (UK)
Woodland Consultancy Services (UK)

COMPANIES

ABS Nautical Systems
Bibby International Services (IOM) Limited
British Antartic Survey
Camper & Nicholsons International
Cho Yang (HK)
Columbus Line (Go Through Careers)
Dockwise (Go Through Jobs)
Edison Chouest Offshore
Fouquet Sacop Group (In French, Go through Jobs)
Global Marine (Go Through Employment)
Globalstar(USA)
Hanjin Shipping (Go Through Job Opportunity)
Havila Supply Limited (UK)
Howe Robinson (Go Through Vacancies)
I.M. Skaugen (Go Through Job Opportunities)
Interorient Navigation Co Ltd
Intership Ltd
ISN
Iver Ships (Norway)
John J McMullen Associates INC (Go Through Employment)
Maersk (Go Through Human Resources)
Maersk Sealand (Go Through Job Opportunities)
Maritrans (Go Through Employment Opportunities)
Odfjell ASA (Go Through Job Recruitment)
Red Band (Norway) (Go Through Employment)
Reinauer Transportation (USA)
Resolve Marine Group (Go Through Employment)
R S Research Shipping
Seatex (Go Through Jobs)
SpecTec (Go Through Career Opportunities)
Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair Company
Tarntank Rederi AB
TECO Transport
Wijsmuller Group

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Philippine Star
SunStar,Cebu City
Business World
Manila Standard
ManilaBulletin
Manila Times
CebuDailyNews