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TOPIC: Managing Affairs with Filipino Mates

Managing Affairs with Filipino Mates 30 Jan 2015 11:02 #4388

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Some Filipino seamen have created an image of the Filipino as a quarrelsome breed who tends to gang up with others of his country to fight it out with any other ethnic group willing to take them
on. In general, this is not so.

The Filipinos are a peace-loving people. They can easily accept as friends and brothers nationals of other countries, both from the East and West.
The Filipino seaman is responsible, hardworking, industrious and dependable.
However, his Masters, Chief Engineers and officers should treat him under their command with consideration and social justice and keep him happy and contented no matter what circumstances are. They should visit him in his quarter in a fatherly fashion once in a while to inquire after his well-being; they should be his advisers and confidant regarding personal problems and should be ready to lend a helping hand when needed. They should keep their cabins open any time to him when
he has complaints. Treated in this way, he is bound to look up to his superiors with respect and give them their cooperation.

Conduct and Discipline
• Stern discipline should only be imposed at the right time, and if possible, within the confines and privacy of a cabin.
• Calling crew's attention with harsh words where others can hear will only cause embarrassment and a feeling of resentment toward the superior.
• A ship is an isolated community, far from families and friends. Officers should, therefore, organize Filipino seamen, and activities on board in such a way that living conditions become more bearable in -- spite of the hard work If an officer is held in esteem and loved by his Filipino subordinates, they will think twice before committing any infraction on the ship such as pilferages, quarrels, or acts or insubordination.
• Personalism (person-to-person relationship) carries a premium in managing Filipino seamen.
• Authority may make the Filipino seaman work, but it won't make him work to his fullest capacity.
• A personalistic management style stimulates productivity, good conduct and discipline in Filipino seamen.
• He works and works hard for the officer whom he can consider not only his superior but also his friend.
• Thus, Filipino seamen are likely to be motivated more by gestures of personal concern and attention from their officers than by raising of voice or swearing.
• Deep rooted values should be understood more clearly by those who manage Filipino seamen
• Work to most Filipino seamen is only a means to an end Their ultimate achievement imagery is knowing that their respective families are enjoying some luxuries while they work on board and they look forward to a changed social status one day.
• The social value of "utang na-loob" (loosely translated as "debts of gratitude") is very much in operation in the Filipino seamen. They work hard for an officer to whom they have "utang-na-loob" but they also expect him to continue feeding their feelings of self-worth
• The officer's gestures of personal concern and attention will be more valued and repayed with productivity, and loyalty.
• Pats on their backs and one or two drinks are some ways of repaying the Filipino seamen after doing a good job.
• Should the necessity arise for a Filipino seaman to be reprimanded, the officer should give him feedback about both his desirable and undesirable behaviors The officer should do it in private, avoiding doing so in the presence of other people or else the Filipino will very likely feel that he has been publicly humiliated.
• An officer's hasty action, nasty remark, public reprimand, loss of temper, etc will provoke the Filipino to belligerence.
Gambling

Filipinos have a penchant for gambling even at a very early age. They have the tendency to play or gamble anytime and anywhere. Family celebrations and funeral wakes are never complete without mah-jong or poker or bingo sessions

Gambling can have relaxational and recreational purposes for Filipinos, if properly regulated and managed. They should gamble only with their excess money; thus the bets should not be large The officers should fix and delimit the site or area and time wherein mah-jong and various card games may be played. Troubles arising through gambling must be prevented by the officers by their proper supervision of it.
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