By: Elena Grace Flores
YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos
We MUST have a plan. We should at least try.
Recovery Plan for Seafarers
Former Senator Bongbong Marcos recognizes the plight of seafarers who experience being stranded at sea with ample uncertainties. Their ships are unable to dock for months due to Coronavirus port restrictions. They are also subject to many days of quarantine upon arrival. The waiting is not even over yet. No jobs are in store for them yet at least for one or two years. Marcos urges the government to have at least a plan for their recovery. His greatest worry is mental illness among them because of depression and anxiety.
Marcos also stresses that the community of these hard-working individuals must at least extend kindness. Perhaps fetching and sending them to their households can be done – just to ease up their burden. We shall remember that during good old days, they are reliable providers to their families and to the economy as a whole.
Mental Illness is More Likely
Not knowing the directions in life can put anyone into restlessness. Too many worries then lead to anxiety and depression later on. It’s more likely that mental illness can be rampant within these affected seafarers. The support of the Filipino society is much needed in times like this. Therefore on June 25, the day of the seafarers, let’s be extra kind to them, Marcos added.