This startling statistic provided by Pamalakaya, a national fishers’ group in the Philippines, comes as World Fisheries Day is celebrated tomorrow, 21st November.
Father Bruno Ciceri of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, which coordinates the activities of AoS worldwide, said AoS Manila is providing free accommodation to returning seafarers who need somewhere to stay while they trace their families.
“The AoS centre in Cebu has also been turned into a logistics hub for aid material and people involved in the relief operation." It is estimated that as many as 160,000 Filipino seafarers are directly affected by the typhoon.
AoS is assisting fishermen affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Picture courtesy of Caritas
AoS Dublin port chaplain Rose Kearney said volunteers were collecting and packing baby clothing to give to seafarers onboard their ships. "While some may not have children they might like to donate the items to families they know.”
AoS Barcelona port chaplain Deacon Ricardo Rodriguez-Marto said he and his colleagues had distributed a message and a prayer among Filipino seafarers. (You can view the message and prayer by visiting our Facebook page here).
Across the globe AoS’ port chaplains have come out in full force to support Filipino seafarers and fishing communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The Pontifical Council is putting together plans to support those affected by the storm in the long term.
Thank you to all of you who have been praying for and sending messages to our seafarer friends and their families in the Philippines. You can read about how our chaplains across the world are supporting them by going to our Facebook Page.