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Help sought for 16 Filipino seafarers stranded in Koh Si Chang

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Help sought for 16 Filipino seafarers stranded in Koh Si Chang

Distressed Filipino seafarers who have been stranded on a ship in Koh Si Chang, Thailand are now appealing for help. The 16 Overseas Filipino Workers who work as seamen have not been paid since April and they are now in dire need of food and medicine as their supplies have reached rock bottom.

The group sailed from Iran where they also got stranded for nine days after having the same problem. They decided to sail to Thailand after signing an agreement with the owner, charterer and the crew that the company will pay all their unpaid wages and buy them air tickets to Manila. However, the company never fulfilled its promises after the seafarers arrival in Thailand.

After more than a month of living aboard the stranded ship, some of the Pinoy seamen have become sick and in need of medical attention. Their food supplies have also run out.

In Facebook post on July 21, one of the crew members narrated their situation and appealed for help. Click here to know more about their whole story: 16 Filipino seafarers stranded in Thailand ask for help

“Ang iba po sa aming kasamahan ay nangangailangan ng atensyong medikal. Lubos din po kaming nag alala dahil ang food supply po namin ay halos pa ubus na rin,” said Mr Armel Olano who is among the 16 stranded seamen.

The Philippine Embassy in Thailand came to their aid on Friday to check their situation and to provide legal assistance. However, other supplies such as food, water and medicine are among their immediate needs.

For your help and donation, you may deposit any amount to the Association of Filipinos in Thailand (AFT) bank account. AFT is a registered non-profit organisation in Thailand. It is also recognized by the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok.

Account Name: Association of Filipinos in Thailand
Bank: Kasikorn Bank
Account No.: 046-2-67916-5

Ms. Jane Cabaya of SWD Kapamilya II has initiated a drive to receive donations from our willing kababayan from Bangkok. Members of Duterte Volunteers with Ms. Rachel Crowley on the lead is also receiving donations from those who are living in the Nonthaburi Province. Drop-off point in Nonthaburi will be at BCN Mansion in Bangyai Square (℅ Mrs. Leticia Merla). You may also bring your donations to Filipino Eatery and Grocery Store in Sriracha. Some members of the two groups will visit them on Sunday to bring the goods.

You may also contact the following through Facebook or mobile:

Mr. Ronald Rafanan (seamen’s designated spokesperson) – 0948136614
Ms. Jane Cabaya (SWD Kapamilya II) – 0939614758
Mr. Gaudencio Manalili (Seabra Movers)
Ms. Melody Rafael (Ely’s Worldwide Services)
Ms. Weena Del Rosario (Filipino Eatery and Grocery Store Sriracha)
Mrs. Leticia Merla – 0950031578
Ms. Rachel Crowley  (Duterte Volunteers) –  0918605030

Sa panahon ng pangangailangan na tulad nito, tayo-tayong mga Pinoy din ang magdadamayan.

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