PCT Fishermen’s Service Center established its Qi-Jin Service Center, funded by the Fisheries Agency
The Qi-Jin Service Center of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PTC) Seamen’s/Fishermen’s Service Center is opened on 15 January, with an aim to improve the wellbeing of foreign fishing crews and to care for their living conditions. To establish this Service Center, the Fisheries Agency coordinated the Kaohsiung City Government and Kaohsiung District Fishermen’s Association in providing accommodations, and funded the repairs and facilities. This Center will be used as a recreation center and a gathering place, and designated staffs from the PTC Seamen’s/Fishermen’s Service Center will provide free consultations and programs to promote rights and benefits of foreign crews.
The Grand Opening was simple yet elegant. Participants included the Fisheries Agency, the Marine Bureau and the Labor Affairs Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government, Kaohsiung District Fishermen’s Association, the representatives of the fishing industry, as well as foreign fishing crews. The crewmembers who attended the ceremony expressed appreciation towards the efforts made by the associated authorities, and looked forward to the Service Center as it provides space for gathering and relaxation.
According to the Fisheries Agency, the Qi-Jin Service Center not only has on-site social workers to provide consultations, but also provides WiFi network, computers, drinking fountain, karaoke machine and acoustic equipment so as to allow the foreign crewmembers to enjoy a relaxing time after the hard work at-sea.
The Fisheries Agency stressed that the foreign fishing crews are an indispensable source of workforce for Taiwanese fisheries, and are important working partners for our vessel owners and vessel masters. In the past few years, the Fisheries Agency has assisted local fishermen’s associations in establishing recreation centers in Keelung and Penghu regions so as to provide venues for the foreign crews’ onshore activities. In the establishment of Qi-Jin Service Center, the Fisheries Agency particularly thanked the PCT Seamen’s/Fishermen’s Service Center for its support of future maintenance and operation. To continue enhancing social care for the foreign crews, the Fisheries Agency will keep on looking for suitable housing in port regions, especially in regions where more foreign crewmembers are employed, so as to provide more recreation centers and take care of workers’ welfare.
The establishment of Qi-Jin Service Center provides space for gathering and recreational activities, said foreign fishing crews.(open a new window)
The Grand Opening of Qi-Jin Service Center(open a new window)