She-to-Sea Campaign support
As part of its efforts to work for the interests of Filipino seafarers, Angkla party list formally filed a resolution in the House of Representatives, urging the Departments of Labor and Transportation to aid in advancing the global seafaring careers of undervalued Filipino women mariners.
The resolution highlights the strengths in both character and skill that women in maritime possess but are most often overlooked by the male-dominated industry in which they operate.
Angkla now appeals to various government and maritime stakeholders to create the policies and programs that will increase opportunities for women who dare to dream of sailing the world’s oceans.
Precedence must be placed on the safety and security of women on board through proper legislation which Angkla hopes to enact in Congress.
This comes at a crucial time for the international maritime industry as a shortage of marine officers has been perceived and the need to develop the abilities of women seafarers remains ever more apparent to be able to respond effectively to this threat.
The resolution also reiterates that with the country’s intrinsic affinity to the sea due to its archipelagic composition as well as the renowned reputation of the country as the “seafaring capital of the world,” the possibilities for Filipino global maritime professionals should transcend all gender barriers.
In particular, support for the “She-to-Sea Campaign” launched by the non-profit maritime organization Women in Maritime-Philippines (WIMAPHIL) on the Day of the Seafarer last June 25, 2013 is likewise deemed indispensable.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer
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