Dubious Certificate of Fitness in disability claims

Monday, January 15, 2018, 11:31 p.m.  By: Atty Dennis R. Gorecho The Supreme Court warned companies from issuing dubious Certificate of Fitness which it described as “a ploy that aims to take advantage of the worker’s lack of sufficient legal knowledge and his desperate circumstances” The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a young seafarer

2017: Twenty Second National Seafarers Day

4:41 am Thursday, September 28, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho The Twenty-Second National Seafarers’ Day was celebrated on September 24, 2017, with the theme “MARINONG FILIPINO: NAG-UUGNAY SA MUNDO”. The Manila celebration was held at the Cuneta Astrodome. Former president Fidel V. Ramos earlier issued on July 9, 1996 Proclamation No. 828 declaring August 18

Negligence causing damage loss, spoilage or deterioration of ship’s stocks and property

5:52 am Wednesday, September 13, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho It is settled that the employer has the burden to prove that the dismissal of a seafarer is based on a valid cause. To discharge this burden, the employer must present substantial evidence – or such amount of relevant evidence that a reasonable mind

Definitive assessment of a seafarer’s disability

4:00 am Wednesday, August 30, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho A seafarer is considered as suffering permanent total disability if the medical statement of the company doctor is devoid of any definitive declaration as to the seafarer’s capacity to return to work or at least a categorical and final degree of disability. For the courts and labor

Assumption of liability not a defense

2:35 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho The original manning agency cannot claim that it will be exempted from liability because it is no longer the manning agency responsible to the dismissed seafarers since the new manning agencies had executed Affidavits of Assumption of Responsibility. In Section 1 of Rule II

Incompetence and Inefficiency as grounds for dismissal

3:30 am Tuesday, August 15, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho It is settled that the employer has the burden to prove that the dismissal of a seafarer is based on a valid cause. To discharge this burden, the employer must present substantial evidence – or such amount of relevant evidence that a reasonable mind

Violations of company policies and regulations as grounds for dismissal

4:01 am Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Violations of   company policies and regulations are considered valid grounds for dismissal under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration- Standard Employment Contract (POEA-SEC), which cover any of the following acts: pilferage or theft of ship’s store or cargo; pilferage or theft of ships property of crews or passengers or

Insanity and Suicide

4:12 am Thursday, July 27, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Homesickness and/or family problems may result to depression, but the same does not necessarily equate to mental disorder that will  enable the heirs to be entitled   to death benefits for a seafarer who allegedly committed suicide. This was the ruling of the Supreme Court

Gambling as a ground for dismissal

5:19 am Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Gambling is one of the twenty one (21) offenses which are considered valid grounds for dismissal under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration- Standard Employment Contract (POEA-SEC), which covers any of the following acts: gambling which results in fighting or any incident as to upset the harmonious relationship

The 120/240 day rule on seafarer’s disability cases

12:36 am Tuesday, July 11, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho The number of days under medication is a significant element in determining the disability benefits of a seafarer who was a medically repatriated. The seafarer’s standard employment contract of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)    enumerates under Section 20(A) (3) the three classes of benefits the

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