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Portraits of maritime women – 1

MARISSA OCA Five minutes into our conversation with Marissa Oca on a hot May afternoon and we knew that this was one tough, driven woman. "I am a blazing fire of passion for work," she said. "Work has to be done." The toughness and the drive she apparently got from...

The ITF and the yin-yang principle

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) is known for its belligerence. Yet, it has it soft, gentle and caring side - as we were reminded a few days ago when the union's philanthropic arm, The ITF Seafarers' Trust, announced its latest grants totaling...

Crewcare Inc takes CSR to prison

In the dog-eat-dog world of Philippine manning, it's a delight to see some players looking beyond profits and thinking of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). One such company is Crewcare Inc. On 23rd October, its executives and staff drove to the National Bilibid...

In focus: plight of Filipino Hansenites

We've been an admirer of shipping expat Jae Jung Jang, chairman of the Uni Group of Companies, ever since we learned about his philanthropy. He's Korean, and his Sorok Uni Foundation has been helping cured Filipino lepers reintegrate into mainstream society. It's a...

Maritime CSR and the war on hunger

Last Sunday afternoon, we attended an affair in Intramuros, Manila, that beats going to concerts or coffeeshops. It was a "Meal Packaging Event" organised by Givers Funds Inc, local partner of the Food for the Hungry International Federation, and sponsored by the...

£2-M boost for floating clinic project

We've been following with interest the project launched in 2009 to renovate the 1899-built Chauncy Maples. Not only is it a noble undertaking - the restored ship will operate as a mobile clinic on Lake Malawi, in the world's fifth poorest country. It's also a...

Practising CSR on the waterfront

There's money on the waterfront even in a developing country, and we're glad to see Filipino-owned International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) pouring some of it into projects for the needy. The ICTSI Foundation has awarded scholarship grants to 100 Filipino...