Sto. Nino and the religiosity of Filipino seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/19/2021

Viva Sto. Nino! The Sto. Niño is venerated all over the country with annual festivals celebrated every last two weekends of January through special masses, dances and processions attracting millions of devotees and tourists. The main religious festivals…

Shortchanging in Filipino seafarer’s remittances

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/12/2021

Filipino seafarers are being shortchanged in the conversion of their dollar remittances to pesos which a blogger described as a “thievery” in the maritime industry. It is a known practice of some unscrupulous manning agents to shave…

Starting 2021 with a collision  

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/05/2021

The year 2021 for me started with a bang, literally, due to a car accident. On my way home from the grocery evening of January 1, my car was hit along C5 extension in Las Pinas by…

Manunggul jar ‘ship-of-the-dead’ and the journey to afterlife

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/29/2020

The journey of the soul to the afterlife was closely associated by early Filipinos to maritime culture as represented by the “ship-of-the-dead” burial container called Manunggul Jar. I saw the burial jar twice during my visits to two…

Seafarer’s arthritis as a compensable work-related illness

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/24/2020

Arthritis is considered as compensable work-related illness for seafarers  who performed tasks onboard  the vessel  that involved unduly heavy physical labor and joint strain. The most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The typical symptoms of…

 The ‘David and Goliath’ legal  battle for seafarers’ death benefits

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/03/2020

    The maritime profession has always been identified as a high risk workplace that remains replete with health and safety hazards in relation to the  risks of accidents, illnesses and mortality. The seafarer is often mentally, physically…

The plight of maritime cadets as utility boys

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/27/2020

  The proliferation of cadets serving as utility boys is an issue that is widely known in the maritime industry but seldom addressed. Although some maritime students are accepted as trainees, there are those that first function…

Damages for unjustified withholding of the  seafarers’  travel documents

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/20/2020

  Manning companies are liable for damages due to unjustified withholding of seafarers’ travel documents preventing them  from seeking lucrative employment elsewhere. The Supreme Court considered as an act tantamount to bad faith the company’s arbitrary imposition…

Protect Filipino female seafarers and cadettes from sexual harassment and violence

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/13/2020

  Employers must have effective mechanisms and guidelines to promptly address sexual harassment and violence incidents  committed against female seafarers and cadettes. The Women in Maritime Philippines (WiMaPhil) raised the issue during the recent online public forum…

Declare seafarers as regular employees,  not merely contractual ones

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/06/2020

The Makabayan Bloc in Congress, through House Bill 6588, is pushing for job security for seafarers through regularization of their employment status. The HB 6588 filed on March 11, 2020  is one of the many other bills…

Flowers and the 25th National Seafarers Day  in the time of pandemic

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/29/2020

“Seafarers are keyworkers. You are not alone. You are not forgotten”. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the Holy Masses held  nationwide carried this theme in their homilies  as  part of the  25th National Seafarers Day (NSD)…

Seafarers’  music in the time of pandemic

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/23/2020

Despite the pandemic, music  plays a special role on Filipino seafarers’ life, whether at sea or on land. It is an understatement to say that karaoke is a central part of  pop culture of Filipinos, including seafarers…

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