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

Pre -Employment Medical Examination (PEME) rules

3:05 am Monday, June 19, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho In some instances, seafarers are made to pay the expenses for the  Pre -Employment Medical Examination (PEME) once he failed the exam or his deployment did not push through. POEA rules states  that seafarer  applicant  shall be required  to undergo medical/health examination with a

Illegal Seafarer’s Loans

4:15 am Thursday, June 1, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Appropriate criminal and administrative penalties will be imposed  on persons or entities involved in loan  transactions which are considered  violations under the Amended Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act (AMWA) R.A.  No. 10022 and the  Revised POEA Rules and Regulations  2016   in relation to the  recruitment and employment of Filipino

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

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,

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