TACLOBAN CITY– In celebration of the 28th National Migrant Workers’ Day, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) conducted a comprehensive “Financial Literacy Orientation for Seafarers” on 06 June 2023, at the NMP Annex Building in Cabalawan, Tacloban City.

The orientation served as a guiding light for seafarers, equipping them with essential knowledge pertaining to financial benefits, entitlements to medical and life insurances, proper handling of earnings, and guidance on making informed investments.

A total of 102 participants attended the lecture composed of NMP seafarer-trainees, employees, guest instructors, and Job Order Workers (JOWs). The diverse audience fostered a valuable exchange of perspectives and experiences, enriching the learning environment.

In her welcome message, NMP OIC Executive Director Mayla N. Macadawan passionately urged the participants, especially the seafarer-trainees, to embrace the activity with open minds and eager hearts, emphasizing its immense significance in shaping their future endeavors.

“This orientation holds the key to unlocking a world of knowledge and opportunities. As seafarers, you navigate the vast oceans, facing both challenges and triumphs on your noble voyages. It is paramount that you equip yourself not only with maritime skills but also with the necessary tools to secure your financial well-being. This activity is crafted to provide you with essential insights into financial security and independence,” Ms. Macadawan articulated.

Atty. Michelle C. Basal from the Employees Compensation Commission Regional Extension Unit 8, facilitated the orientation and provided participants with comprehensive guidance and practical knowledge, ensuring they received accurate and up-to-date information on financial matters relevant to seafarers.

NMP remains committed to providing comprehensive support to seafarers, ensuring their holistic well-being throughout their careers and beyond. By equipping them with essential financial literacy skills, the NMP strengthens their ability to navigate the complexities of the global maritime industry.