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Updated 2010 March 1
Congen Angelo S. Macatangay
Filipino seafarers did not have the money to pay for their excess baggage. Congen Macatangay negotiated to have American Airlines waive excess baggage fees.

44 broke, stranded Filipino Seafarers

Humanitarian Crisis Averted

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On the surface, sparing details, the situation seemed routine, however, its complexity can be gleaned from the numerous back channel coordination with the Philippine Consulate in South Florida in the eye of it all, US authorities, OWWA USA, Embassy officials, and Philippine officials.

Philippine officials like OWWA USA's Mr. Don Duero in particular was very dedicated and efficient
which contributed to the positive outcome.

In a follow up interview by this publication, it asked ConGen Macatangay if he was relieved that a large burden such as this incident had been resolved.

ConGen Macatangay paused for a moment then replied: "I and Mrs. Macatangay are relieved, that, these hardworking individuals are now together with their families, their loved ones, their children. Isn't it all about these little ones?"

The Philippines is the largest supplier of crew by nationality to the world’s fleet, and one could just imagine how much it means to the Philippine economy. For the 44 Filipino seamen that were repatriated, their chances of coming back to the US have been preserved. For Filipino seafarers around the globe, let us hope they find a Macatangay during times of need. (STAFF EDITORS / BASTA PINOY NEWS. 
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