By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin
Senator and vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. is disappointed at the apparent lack of government support for the seafaring industry and called on the government to extend full support to maritime schools and improve the lot of Filipino seafarers.
In a speech delivered at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) in Mariveles, Bataan recently, Marcos said it is “very disappointing to know, to listen to the fact that there seems to be a lacking of recognition by the government in the important part that you all play, not just for our economy, but for our country and our presence abroad.’’
He lauded the faculty and staff of the academy for their effort to provide the best maritime education to their students.
Marcos noted that the country’s maritime training industry in the country has no sufficient training ships needed to equip the Filipino seafarers with skills while they are still in schools.