Substitution or alteration of POEA contract as illegal recruitment

3:17 am Tuesday, March 21, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho As with all other kinds of worker, the terms and conditions of a seafarer’s employment is governed by the provisions of the contract he signs at the time he is hired. But unlike that of others, deemed written in the seafarer’s contract is a

Unpaid seafarer’s wages

6:04 am Thursday, March 16, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho In recent time it appears that that seafarers are one of the most exploited and abused group of workers globally. Exploitation, abuse and corruption in shipping industry includes issues related to unpaid, underpaid or delayed payments are the most pressing ones. In many cases

Witholding of travel documents as illegal recruitment

4:29 am Tuesday, March 14, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Recruitment agencies and foreign principals and employers are prohibited from withholding travel documents of OFWs, including seafarers,  as provided for by rules and regulations governing the recruitment and employment of OFWs. In many instances of non-deployment, many seafarers complain of withholding of travel documents

Illegal Recruitment under Migrant Law and Revised Penal Code

3:36 am Tuesday, March 14, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho It is settled that a person may be charged and convicted separately of illegal recruitment under Republic Act No. 10022 in relation to the Labor Code, and estafa under Art. 315, paragraph 2(a) of the Revised Penal Code. The crime of Simple Illegal Recruitment,

Sources of Seafarers’ Rights

2:52 am Monday, March 13, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Know Your Rights! From the ITF website  Seafarers’ right is a complex area since your rights can exist at different levels and they can be overlapping and sometimes conflicting. Therefore if you have a legal problem, you will need to seek advice from your

31st National Migrants’ Sunday

7:26 pm Saturday, March 11, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho The 31st National Migrants’ Sunday (NMS) was held last March 5, 2017 at Sta. Teresita Charismatic Center, La Paz, Iloilo. Since 1986, the NMS is a yearly event that celebrates and recognizes the heroism of Overseas Filipino Workers as well as their families. Celebrated

Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB): grounds for suspension or revocation

6:10 am Friday, March 3, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho   One of the most important document before any seafarer able to board any local or international ships is the Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB) or commonly known as Seaman’s book. This book details everything about the seafarer basic personal information and seagoing service. SIRB

Insubordination as a ground for dismissal

5:58 am Friday, March 3, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Insubordination is one actuation identified by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration- Standard Employment Contract (POEA-SEC) as a ground for dismissal of Filipino Seafarers. It consists of any of the following: any act of disobedience to lawful orders of a superior officer attempting to assault a superior

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