It’s quite normal to spot a Filipino student in his crisp maritime school uniform. Another normal scenario in a Filipino household is to have a parent working overseas as a seafarer, with all the fruits of their labor and quite a number of shipping memorabilia displayed at home.
But how many Filipino seafarers really comprised the world? Check out these trivia below.
· The Philippines is the world’s main supplier of seamen since 1987 and is the manning capital of the world. – Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
· 1 out of 5 seamen in the world is Filipino. – OFWGuide.com
· In 2013, the number of Filipino seafarers in the world is approximately 460, 000 in comparison to the 250, 000 figure in 1996.
· The total number of OFWs in 2013 is 2.2 million and approximately 21% of them are seafarers.
· The Philippines is ranked 4th in the world for Shipbuilding and 1st in South East Asia. The Philippine shipbuilding industry employs about 39, 000 workers. – Maritime Industry Authority (Marina)
· The latest ratification of the IMO Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) happened in 2010 in Manila, Philippines.
· Quite a number of Filipino seamen are employed by FIC ships or “sweatships.” Below is the statistics of employment between 2002 and 2007
· As of 2010, there are around 280, 000 students who graduate from maritime training schools.