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Renaming of Cabildo Street To Capt. Oca Street

House Bill No. 4837 introduced by Hon. Amado S. Bagatsing seeks to rename Cabildo Street in Intramuros Manila to Capt. Gregorio S. Oca because of his support to the welfare and benefits of the Filipino seafarers and the maritime industry.

The Street of Cabildo has been a popular area for the Filipino seafarers. Captain Oca started as a seafarer before he became a maritime trade union leader. As founding chairperson of the Associated Marine Officers' and Seamen's Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP-PTGWO), he initiated programs to improve the plight of Pinoy seafarers particularly in seafarer training, health and welfare. Under his stewardship and the support of its members, AMOSUP established hospitals, housing and billeting facilities, and training centers and schools including the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific. He also worked for the protection of Filipino seafarers against proliferation of piracy in international waters and the approval of the Standard Employment Contract for mariners.

The efforts by Captain Oca to promote the Filipino seafarers worldwide resulted into the Philippines being a major source of maritime professionals. Because of his many legacies and accomplishments, he had been awarded for his contribution to maritime trade unionism, shipping, and the Philippine society. This bill is geared towards recognizing his contributions by institutionalizing his memory in the history of Intramuros, Manila.

As of this writing, this Act is pending with the Committe on Local Government since 2013-07-23.

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