Here in Bohol, one of the first few things that I noticed right away is the number of beautiful beaches that have pristine sand and blue waters. Actually, that was one of the first few things that I made sure I will be enjoying, even before I boarded the boat from Dumaguete. And because of this, I brought with me swimming gear, board shorts, snorkels, and other swimming apparel.
True to my expectations, I was greeted with a lot of beautiful scenery, and the beach front of Bohol (in the port) was already inviting and tempting. Right after the boat docked, I quickly changed to my swimming trunks, and together with my friends, we explored the beautiful waters of Panglao island. We made sure we did this, because we would actually be doing a lot of legwork in giving debate lectures to several high school debaters from Bohol.
However, what also caught my attention on the beach was the numerous seamen and sailors who were probably momentarily docking in the shore.
I paused for a moment, because ever since I was young, I was always fascinated with the maritime profession. This was largely because almost all of my uncles and cousins worked as seamen who were based in various locations across the globe. I always thought that: first, it would be awesome to have a job that would make me travel overseas and explore the different wonders of the world; but second, it would also be lonely to have a job that would require me to leave my family and be exposed to the dangers that are present when working as a seaman.
These dangers, after all, are quite real. In fact, we constantly hear numerous stories of American sailors who have had to endure the scarring horrors of health hazards and other adverse circumstances while on duty. But apparently, for Americans, the Jones Act of 1920 that was passed by Senator Wesley Jones was a statutory response that ensured the health of the workers. Apart from this guarantee, the Jones Act also aimed to protect them from negligence, as well as to give proper care and attention when they suffer injuries while in service. A Jones Act lawyer, more specifically, is someone who specialize in these particular cases, and they are the authorities when it comes to dealing with these adverse events.
I don’t know if I still think so much about being in the maritime industry right now, because as it is, my interests have varied considerably — but it is still definitely one of the best professions in my mind.