DFA lauds Pinoy crew of Costa Concordia
Posted at 01/20/2012 5:45 PM | Updated as of 01/20/2012 5:45 PM
MANILA, Philippines - Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario commended the 296 Filipino crew of the cruise ship, Costa Concordia which sank off the coast of Giglio Island in Italy.
Del Rosario said the Pinoy crewmembers showed the world their courage, heroism and dedication in the face of danger.
“We commend you for showing to the world the best traits of the Filipino seafarers. In the words of President Benigno S. Aquino III, you are our 'sailing ambassadors',” the DFA Secretary said.
The Pinoy seafarers took part in the rescue missions to get passengers and crewmembers out of the sinking ship.
A Pinoy crewmember who was interviewed earlier said they were the first to maneuver life boats to save lives. They also made three trips back to the ill-fated ship to look for more people to rescue.
“The Philippine Embassy in Rome received important feedback from other crew members as well as passengers of your brave acts manifesting competence, professionalism and humanity, even under extreme pressure,” Del Rosario said.
The DFA likewise extended its appreciation to its embassy in Rome as well as the Filipino community in Italy, the local residents of Giglio Isand and the Italian authorities for the assistance provided to the Pinoy crew.