Dear Colleagues & Friends,
Welcome to Manila and ISMH14!
I am delighted that the 14th International Symposium on Maritime Health will take place in the Philippines – the ‘Manning Capital of the World’ and primary supplier of seafarers since 1987. With Filipino seafarers accounting for approximately 460,000 – about 35%-40% – of the world’s total crew fleet, ISMH14 will surely attract all of the top guest speakers as well as participants.
The congress organizer, the Maritime Clinics and Doctors Association of the Philippines, Inc. (MARCDOC) is a non-stock, non-profit institution with a membership that caters to a significant number of the pre-employment medical examinations of Filipino seafarers. MARCDOC is the consultative partner of the Joint Manning Group (JMG), the umbrella organization of manning agencies in the Philippines with more than 250 members, and has been recognized by the Philippine Department of Health and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration as an authority in matters relating to maritime health and legislation. For this reason, we are especially pleased that they will be sharing their experience and insight in discussions at the congress.
We also look forward to the opportunity to share with you some of the distinctive culture and tradition, as well as the breathtaking beauty, of our country, which is appropriately known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’. From the historic architectural intermingling of Asian, European and Latin American influences, to the world-renowned white-sand beaches of Boracay and Palawan, we are sure you will agree that ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’!
Marcel Joseph I. Alcaraz, M.D., UEMM
Chairman for ISMH14
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