SEAFARERS FAMILY CONGRESS. Seafarers, maritime industry leaders, and government officials gather for the Seafarer Family Int’l Congress, held Aug. 14-15, at the Manila Hotel to tackle issues faced by the seafarer community through discussions and talks for industry stakeholders. The opening was graced by Senator Pia Cayetano and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (third and fourth from left, respectively), joined by (from left) International Maritime Organization goodwill ambassador George Hoyt; Marissa Oca, founder and president of Gig and the Amazing Sampaguita Foundation Inc.; Ambassador Win Naing of the Embassy of the Republic of Myanmar; and Dr. Conrado F. Oca, president of Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines.

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