Today we commemorate the hardworking men and women by paying tribute to their contributions and achievements to the society.
Just like 47-year old seafarer and single-dad who works long hours for more than two decades to support his family in the Philippines.
Jonathan Lara, storekeeper of a Norwegian Cruise Line shared that beside homesickness, bodily pains and discomforts are the bugs that keep him from moving forward to do the job.
Lara’s work consists of assisting the F&B Provision Master in the safekeeping and issuance of food products; maintaining quality and quantity control of all brands of wine and food- related inventory; keeping track in ordering, receiving, loading, storing, and issuing all food products; maintaining all storerooms according to USPH guidelines and regulations;
monitoring the proper temperature in all storerooms; and providing assistance to the Inventory Master.
“Like any OFWs, stiff financial grip has moved me to sail aboard for more than two decades now, “he said and the years of hauling, loading, storing foods and inventory and all the physical activities would render his body tired and aching. The good thing is he always carry with him bottles of Pau Liniment onboard and is making sure he has several whenever he is on vacation in the Philippines.
He said that he could not sleep at all without applying Pau Liniment which has become his ally in soothing his tired and sore muscles. It has become his habit to apply it whenever he needs some comfort.
As a single Dad with two children, it is very difficult for him to work away from his children and making sure they are provided for and being taken care of. His hard work has paid off after his eldest child graduated and is already an Electrical and Computer Engineer working in Dubai, United Arab Emirates pursuing her dreams also as an OFW.
Having worked abroad and being able to provide his family with their financial needs is satisfying; however, working away from home would always have real trade-offs and one of those is losing his marriage. But he is confident that everything will work out well as long as you have faith in God.
“Whatever problems you may encounter in life; big or small, always know that we have a bigger God who holds our world. With the current pandemic that badly hit the entire world, seafarers have lost their jobs.
While waiting for the mercy of God to intervene amidst this global crisis, let us remain calm and prayerful.
Think positively at all times and shun away from negativity. The negative pull of life’s uncertainties maybe real but hold fast and claim that this too shall pass,” Lara expressed.
He trusted Pau Liniment which has been his companion and partner for 10 years and recommends it to his colleagues, “I would normally use it daily during my end shift but now, I use it as often as I need as it helps me to be physically ready again for my new shifts the next day and helped me relax.”
Lara recommends Pau Liniment to all his teammates because the nature of their work entails a lot of physical movement and endurance. This has kept him going his day-to-day workload and sharing its benefits to others would go a long way too.
Labor Day is both a celebration and a commemoration dedicated for all the workers and in recognition of all their hard work and contribution to the economy and the community.
Jonathan M. Lara, 47, Storekeeper, Norwegian Cruise Liner