On November 8, 2013 the Typhoon Haiyan tore across the central Philippine islands resulting in an unprecedented disaster and chaos, killing thousands of people and driving hundreds of thousands from their homes. We were all deeply shocked when we saw the first images on the news channel. Again the Philippines had to face a new disaster and this time they had to deal with one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Haiyan slammed into the central islands of the Philippines. Palompon City, located in Leyte province of the Philippines, was severely damaged during Typhoon Haiyan. We, partners of the maritime industry, know this area very well because many Filipino seafarers live in this part of the Philipines. Another strong relation we have is the Palompon Institute of Technology (PIT) and the Netherlands Shipping Training Centre (NSTC) which deliver new seafarers on the labour market each year.
This has conducted to the establishment of MFG Seafarers Fund.