US-based seafaring majors are looking to hire approximately 75,000 Filipino seafarers in the next few years.
John Padget, the chief executive and Carnival Corp. president met with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on an official working trip in Washington.
Padget, who has also been representing the Carnival Cruise Line, Seaborn, and Holland American Airlines, has commended Filipino seafarers for their untiring hospitality and expressed that his group of firms is interested in hiring more in the next three or four years.
It does not matter if it’s the marine, hospitality, deck, or restaurant; everything is based on the smiles, happiness, and greatness of these Filipino employees, Padget mentioned.
The Philippines has been the top source of seafarers worldwide, with almost 380,000 Filipino seafarers deployed in several vessels all over the world.
Issues marred the Philippine maritime industry after about 50,000 masters and officers on EU-flagged ships encountered the risk of the European Commission refusing to recognize their certificates for the Philippines’ noncompliance with requirements like training needs.
Marcos Jr. is in the US to meet relevant government officials and other business leaders for greater economic collaboration with Washington.
References: PNA, Inquirer.net, Philstar Global
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