Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Sunday urged seafarers to explore new routes in order to open more opportunities for the country’s shipping industry.
“Hinihimok ko po kayo na pag-aralan ang pagbubukas ng mga bagong ruta para sa ating mga barko upang mas mapabilis ang pag-galaw at pagpapadala ng kargamento,” Go said in his speech during the Mindanao Maritime Industry Forum held in Davao City.
(I encourage all of you to study the possibility of opening new routes for our ships to speed up cargo delivery.)
“Isang posibilidad rin ang pagsasaayos ng mga proseso para mas mapaikli ang oras ng paglalakbay kapag sasakay ng barko ang ating mga kababayan at kargamento papunta sa ibang isla at kahit sa ibang bansa,” he added.
(One of the possibilities is the improvement of the process to shorten the sea travel time of countrymen or freight deliveries to another island or country.)
“Sa paraang ito, mas mapalalakas din natin ang turismo at mapabibilis ang progreso sa iba’t ibang parte ng Pilipinas,” he said.
(Through this, it will strengthen our tourism in the country and will also expedite the progress throughout the nation.)
The forum highlighted and explored more of Mindanao with respect to maritime industry development. It primarily discussed maritime safety, security and environmental protection in the context of maritime industry development in the region.
Go was instrumental in the signing of Executive Order No. 63 by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 21 September 2018.
It strengthened the authority of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) as the sole maritime administrator ensuring the Philippines’ fulfillment of its obligations under the 1978 Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping, an international convention for seafarers.
Go said government is ready to allot enough funds for the betterment of infrastructure that will benefit the maritime industry.
Go also encouraged seafarers to put their full trust and support to the three-point campaign against corruption, crime, and illegal drugs of the Duterte Administration for the security of investment and businesses.