3. Apostleship of the Sea’s (AOS) 2014 Report

Sister Susan Bolanio, OND, AOS Port Director and Program Coordinator submitted to Bishop Dinualdo this 2014 Accomplishment Report.

AOS Goal:

Every seafarer and his family visiting the port/center, needing assistance, is attended to and served in their Christian life and practical needs.


1) to assist the seafarers in their desire to deepen their Christian life; 2) to facilitate needed services for their development and well-being.

Focused sectors:

1) merchant seafarers; 2) fishers (merchant, marginal); 3) land-based: a) seafarers’ families and dependents; b) fishers’ families; 4) dockers and truckers.

Covered Areas:

Banga, Bo. 5, Koronadal, Sto. Niño, Malapatan, Kiamba and General Santos City.

Development Updates:

  • Seafarers: a) legal services covered 5 cases assisted on demands for compensation; 10 sets of case conferences conducted and documented 9 work-related complaints; b) pastoral care: (1) psychological processing – 3; (2) drop-in center facilities – internet, computers (27 seafarers), lodging; (3) ship visitation – 8 ships.
  • Fishers: a) legal services – 210. b) Repatriations – 129 fishers repatriated from Manado, Indonesia.
  • Land-based seafarers’ families, etc. a) organizing in Bo. 5, Koronadal City; b) meetings in Banga, Sto. Niño and Calumpang; c) self-help groups.

Livelihood.  Department of Labor’s Starter Kit livelihood project – 352 families of missing fishers (typhoon Pablo); and monitoring of 57 families with livelihood projects.

  • Illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons. Six (6) illegally recruited are put under the Witness Protection Program of the DOJ.
  • Information Education Campaign (IEC). A) Press Conference, radio program in DXCP and RMN; b) forum on RA 10635
  • Networking, Linkaging.  PPA, PCG, BoC, POEA, DSWDO, DOLE

Back to: COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop (No. 806 February 12, 2015)


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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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