Seafarer’s loans and prohibited recruitment acts

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 11:23 p.m. By Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Despite the perceived high income they receive, it becomes difficult for some Filipino seafarers to make the earnings last for the period of vacation and examinations, which in recent times can be inordinately long. Not all seafarers have the privilege of getting redeployed immediately after

Extension of the seafarer’s contract

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 12:03 a.m. By Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Seafarers are considered contractual employees. Their employment is governed by the Standard Employment Contract (SEC) they sign and duly approved by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) every time they are rehired and their employment is terminated when the contract expires. Their employment is contractually fixed for

Mutiny as ground for dismissal

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 1:30 a.m. By Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho IN SOME instances, Filipino seafarers who aggressively assert their rights are wrongfully accused of mutiny, leading to the early termination of their contract by dismissal. Mutiny is a conspiracy of an overt act of defiance, oppose or attack upon ship authority by two or

Leukemia as an occupational illness

Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 2:18 a.m. By Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho For a disability claim to prosper, a seafarer suffering from leukemia only needs to show that his work and contracted illness have a reasonable linkage that must lead a rational mind to conclude that the seafarer’s occupation may have contributed or aggravated the disease.

For your eyes only

Friday, July 13, 2018, 1:17 a.m. By Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Protection of eyes is of paramount importance while working on ships. Shipboard jobs such as welding, chipping, painting, and working with hazardous material such as oil and chemicals as well as exposure to the sun’s UV rays pose great danger to the seafarer ’s eyes.   If

Escrow deposit in seafarers’ cases

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 4:02 a.m. By Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho In terms of labor litigation, “escrow deposit” plays a significant role in a seafarer’s favorable decision on his monetary claims. Every labor dispute involves two opposing parties:  the worker on one side and the management on the other, involving monetary claims like disability and death

Pneumonia as an occupational illness

Monday, June 11, 2018, 2:47 a.m. By Atty. Dennis Gorecho To be entitled to compensation and benefits, it is not sufficient to simply establish that the seafarer’s pneumonia has rendered him permanently or partially disabled; it must also be shown that there is a causal connection between the seafarer’s illness or injury and the work

Seafarers and Infections

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 12:03 a.m. By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho   It is a well-known fact that seafaring is one of the most hazardous occupations, in regards to personal health and safety concerns of seafarers. Apart from accidents, seafarers are prone to certain serious diseases and health hazards due to the nature of onboard

Accident or Illness Report while on board the vessel

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:41 a.m. By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho The liabilities of the employer when the seafarer suffers work-related injury or illness during the term of his contract include medical treatment apart from disability benefits and sickness allowance. A medically repatriated seafarer, either due to an injury or an illness, should remember that

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