Heart ailments and seafarer’s diet 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/18/2019

The heart ailments of seafarers can be triggered or aggravated by his working conditions aboard the vessel, including his diet. “Taking responsibility for the health of all human souls on their ships also defines the shipowners’ sense…

ANGKLA’s bill in delaying payment of  award resurrected in  Magna Carta

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/16/2019

  “Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo.” The manning agencies resurrected in the proposed Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers a bill earlier filed by ANGKLA Partylist wherein the proceeds of execution shall be deposited in…

Fraudulent misrepresentation of pre-existing illnesses

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/09/2019

Honest mistakes on  a pre-existing illness during the pre-employment medical examination (PEME) will not deprive seafarers of their right over disability or death benefits. The POEA contract  bars the compensability of disability arising from a pre-existing illness when attended…

PINOY MARINO RIGHTS: Pre-Employment Medical Examination and seafarer’s illnesses

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/26/2019

 The examining physician, and not the seafarer, may be faulted for discounting the presence of illnesses even after subjecting  him to a series of procedures through the  pre-employment medical examination (PEME). In Manansala, v. Marlow Navigation Phils., Inc.  (G.R.…

PINOY MARINO RIGHTS: A seafarer as a Mama’s boy and psychological incapacity

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/20/2019

    A  marriage may have failed because  a seafarer acted as a mama’s boy, but it cannot be declared void ab initio on the ground of psychological incapacity.   One of the unfortunate consequence of seafarers working away for…

Aurora and the maritime tragedies in the Philippines

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/30/2018

The film Aurora won as 2nd best picture, best cinematography, best in visual effects, best sound, best child performer for Phoebe Villamor in the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival. Anne Curtis is cast as Leana, a young…

Stowaways and seafarer’s dismissal

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/17/2018

A seafarer may be dismissed in the event that he is found to be committing unauthorized acts in connivance with or cuddling of stowaways. The International Transportation Workers Federation (ITF) defines a stowaway as a person who…

Interim disability grading in seafarer’s claims

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/10/2018

The declaration for interim disability grade is merely an initial determination of a seafarer’s condition for the time being and cannot be considered as a definite prognosis. Without a valid final and definitive assessment from the company-designated…

-Gambling as a ground for dismissal

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/03/2018

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: a. gambling which results in…

Seafarers’ claims to be delayed by placing awards in Escrow

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/26/2018

Manning agencies are pushing for the inclusion of an escrow provision in the proposed Magna Carta which is a mere dilatory tactic in the execution of the seafarers’ monetary awards. The provision in essence aimed to amend…

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