Seafarers’ Day 2017
On the 23rd of June 2017, Jebsens Maritime (JMI) celebrated the International Day of the Seafarers. Organized by Crew and Family Welfare Team, over 100 JMI seafarers joined the whole day celebration as they indulged in various fun and learning activities.
A breakfast treat welcomed the seafarers as they arrived in the morning. In addition to the scheduled lectures, there were games, raffle draws, and healthy meals for the reporting crew. Anchoring on the International Maritime Organization’s theme, Seafarers Matter, JMI took this opportunity to promote the importance of taking good care of ones health with its own theme anchored on Health Awareness. The aim of JMI’s celebratory activities is to keep seafarers well-informed and constantly reminded of how important health is to their seafaring career – on why being healthy must be a personal choice.
The program started with a message from Ms. Thess Lunzaga, AVP for Crewing. “Our focus here in Abojeb is health awareness – the primary ‘capital’ of a seafarer is good health,” said Ms. Lunzaga in her opening message.
Crewing leaders, managers, and processors made the occasion even more special. Ms. Lunzaga led the official opening of the program through a balloons drop with raffle prizes. The crowd popped each balloon for either a prize or a meaningful quote to live by.
With the objective of promoting valuable information about good health and avoiding illnesses, major topics on wellness were discussed during the day by subject matter experts. (Stay tuned for the article about each topic!)
Top 10 Common Illnesses of the Filipino Seafarers by Dr. Rosalie Dimson, Physician Coordinator, Shiphealth, Inc.
We Are What We Eat: Preparing Healthy Meals by Ms. Realiza Morales, Registered Dietitian, Manila Medical Center, provided by ValuCare.
HIV Awareness by Ms. Emmanuel Garcia, Coordinator, Positive Action Foundation Philippines Incorporated.