IMO Vows Maritime Industry Support

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MANILA, Philippines - The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has vowed to continue helping develop the Philippine maritime industry, according to Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

The promise was made by IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu during his courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III at Malacanang last Tuesday, said Baldoz, who was among government officials present during the event.

"(Sekimizu) expressed willingness to help develop maritime industry," Baldoz said.

She said another meeting will be scheduled for IMO representatives and industry stakeholders to flesh out how IMO could further help the sector.

Filipino seafarers compose 30 percent of the 1.5 million seafarers around the world.

The IMO, which is under the United Nations (UN), had dedicated 2010 to the world's seafarers for their "exceptional role and contribution" in the maritime industry.

Among other government officials who welcomed the IMO Secretary General in Malacanang were Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Transportation and Communication Secretary Manuel Roxas, and Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) Administrator Emerson Lorenzo.

Meanwhile, President Aquino conferred the Order of Sikatuna on outgoing French Ambassador Thierry Borja de Mozota in recognition of his role in strengthening bilateral ties between France and the Philippines. …