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

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

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

Suicide the top cause of seafarer deaths

3:43 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho The UK P&I Club is putting the spotlight on seafarer mental health with suicide the cause of 15% of deaths at sea. As career seafarers are second most at risk from suicide, Anuj Velankar, a senior loss prevention advisor in UK P&I Club, held

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

Liability of Employer and Manning Agency

9:31 pm Sunday, February 12, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho   What is the liability of the foreign principal and the manning agent for any and all claims arising out of an employer-employee relationship or by virtue of any law or contract involving a seafarer?  It is “joint and several”, according to the case

Medical attention on board ship

1:50pm February 10, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho           The experience of a Korean seafarer posted by Humans at Sea  focused on inaction of the owner after he suffered an accident while on board the vessel during the effectivity of his employment contract. The owner refused to send him to a doctor despite

Annulment and Legal Separation in the Philippines

10:47 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho One of the unfortunate consequences of seafarers working away for several months is the falling out of marriage. For couples desperate to find a way out of their troubled marriages, some choose to undergo trying and tedious legal process where they have to incur


12:43 am Tuesday, January 31, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho A job of a seafarer is not exactly a walk in the park. One with a heart condition is “a walking time bomb ready to explode towards the end of his employment days.” Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a term to describe conditions of the

Paralegal Lectures on Seafarers’ Rights

Discussion on  legal matters on seafarers’ rights through the combined forces of Sapalo Velez Bundang Bulilan (SVBB) law offices, Luneta Seafarers Welfare Foundation (LUSWELF) and Bantay OCW Radio Inquirer . Regular weekly paralegal lecture at LUSWELF and Usapang Marino on Radyo Inquirer every Wednesday. 10:30 a.m. to 12:00noon DZIQ 990AM. http// Paralegal Lecture of Seafarers’

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