Filipinos account for over 25% of all active seafarers in the world. The United Nations acknowledge the impact Filipinos have in the global trade, secretary general Ban Ki Moon even hoped for more Filipino youths would join the profession. In 2010, the secretary-general of IMO (International Maritime Organization) hailed Filipino sailors as the "unsung heroes" of the unsung industry, namely the shipping industry that carried most of the world trades in goods.
Just recently, Angkla, a legislative action group espousing representation for all Filipino seafarers in the government was formed. The group believes that the country's merchant mariners should be given sectoral representation in government to champion their rights and have direct approach to policy-making. Follow their website for more information http://www.angkla.org/ .