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PHL Embassy Athens Conducts Akyat Barko Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) Mobile Registration

The Philippine Embassy in Athens intensified its effort to register more Filipinos as overseas absentee voters by conducting a mobile registration dubbed "Akyat Barko".

The Embassy team conducted its first "Akyat Barko" at Perama Port in Piraeus, Athens on September 07.

Seventeen (17) Filipino seafarers onboard M/V Cosco Ningbo, a Greek- flagged cargo vessel were able to register.  The registration was made possible through the kind assistance of Captains Karayiannis, Karageorgos and Christou of Costamare Ship Management S.A., the vessel's owner and manager.

First to register was Mr. Ralph Jason Remigio Arenal, one of the youngest crew members on board. He started working as a seafarer on a foreign vessel in 2010.  Mr. Arenal was born in 1987 in Quezon City.

During the mobile overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration, The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration's branch in Athens (OWWA-Athens) likewise took the opportunity to provide information to Filipino crew onboard M/V Cosco Ningbo on the Philippine Government's programs designed to empower overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families in the Philippines, through skills enhancement trainings, seminars and other programs. The Filipino crew expressed their gratitude for the Embassy's to touch base with them.

The Embassy intends to   register more Filipino seafarers onboard the different vessels docking at Piraeus Port.  Most vessels carrying Filipino crew are passenger cruise ships sailing within the Mediterranean.

The Embassy was able to perform this task with the kind cooperation of the Greek government (through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Piraeus Port Authorities) and Greek shipowners/shipmanagers.

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