Philippines

Vic Atanacio

anon.jpg I'm bro Vic Atanacio, married to sis. Paz. The Lord blessed us with two sons, namely: Jeffrey, now serving as pastor in a church and married to sis. Loida. They had one daughter named Jazmin, and Jerry, the youngest, now working in real estate, married to sis. Janice with one daughter named Monica. I was managing a family business then when one of our Church Deacon invited me to work as volunteer to a mission to seafarers' called Philippine Seamen's Ministry Foundation, Inc. (PSMF), which was then a newly organized mission and incorporated in August, 1986. I served as volunteer since 1986 and was appointed as Chaplain Administrator on June 1990 up to the present.

As the ministry established its networking with other port mission around the world, brother David Knox, port chaplain of SCFS in Belfast, Northern Island came to visit us and a closer relationship was established. A proposal was offered of possibility of joining the SCFS in UK. Our Board of Trustees welcomed the idea. Things were further discussed when I attended the first world harbour mission conference in Vancouver, Canada last June 4-8, 1991. On October 9, 1991, Rev. Fred Hudson, Head of SCFS mission came to Manila for the formal signing of Memorandum of Agreement between PSMF and SCFS. Their Council then formally resolved to accept PSMF in becoming Seamen's Christian Friend Society Philippines.

The Philippines has 7,100 islands all over the Philippines, thus, we produced the most numbers of seafarers all over the world. SCFS Philippines main office is strategically located in the heart of Manila where the international ports, local ports, different recruitment agencies and park where thousand seafarers gathered every day looking for job. We provide a “home away from home” seamen's centre to all seafarers. Giving them hope, strengthen their faith, sharing the love of God and provides seamen's welfares are some basic goals of our mission. A world mission on your doorstep.

Bro Vic Atanacio

Chaplain Administrator

Seamen's Christian Friend Society Philippines

Intramuros Corporate Plaza Bldg. Room 204,

Magallanes St., corner Recoletos St., Intramuros, Manila

Philippines

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