Credibility of Findings of Company Doctors

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 11:55 p.m. By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho   The findings of the company-designated physician do not always bind the courts in determining the merits of compensation cases filed by Filipino seafarers.   In most seafarer cases for disability or death benefits claims, one of the arguments often raised by the companies or the insurance

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

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

Insubordination as a ground for dismissal

4:13 am Monday, July 3, 2017 By: Dennis R. Gorecho Insubordination 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: any act of disobedience to  lawful orders of a superior officer; attempting to assault a superior officer;

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

Sleeping on post while on duty as ground for dismissal

3:12 am Friday, June 16, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Seafaring is a job with an inherently stressful environment.  As the technical and specialized nature of the maritime industry requires constant alertness and intense concentration from its workers, sleeping on post while on duty can be detrimental, which may even lead to a maritime disaster. The Supreme

Voluntary Repatriation

1:00am Friday, June 9, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho The employment of Filipino seafarers 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 upon its completion. As a general rule, the employment of the seafarer shall cease when

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