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The role of Mayor (ship’s cook) in the seafarer’s healthy diet

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/07/2020

  “Taking responsibility for the health of all human souls on their ships also defines the shipowners’ sense of humanity and justice. No ship sails without a human crew.” Thus  declared the Supreme Court in the case of…

Waivers and quitclaims in the COVID-19 pandemic

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/30/2020

  Waivers and quitclaims are ineffective in barring recovery of the full measure of a seafarer’s rights, including the underpayment of monetary benefits during their extended work on board the vessel. This was the pronouncement by Atty.…

Repatriation rights of seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/23/2020

  Let the seafarers come home! Seafarers may  exercise the right to stop working and leave ships in order to  return home is the recent strong message of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) in relation to the…

The story of a seafarer COVID-19 survivor

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/09/2020

Anxiety due to lack of proper information on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) might be fatal for someone infected with the pandemic virus. “I am a COVID-19 survivor and may God protect us all”. This was the…

History of pandemics due to ship voyages 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/04/2020

Many Filipinos   knew by heart the  Korean phrases like “annyeonghaseyo” (hello) or “kamsahamnida” (thank you) due to  their fascination with Koreanovelas, especially now that they had to stay home due to the COVID-19 community quarantine. “Kingdom” is one interesting Netflix series…

KUWENTONG KULE: The continuing saga of the WWII victims of sexual slavery and violence

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/28/2020

  It has been two years this week, April 27, 2018 to be exact, since  the Lola statue along Roxas Boulevard in Manila  was surreptitiously removed by the Duterte administration in order not to antagonize the Japanese government. “The Japanese…

Seafarer’s non-deployment due to replacement is a breach of contract

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/24/2020

  Failure to deploy a seafarer due to replacement by another seafarer is considered a breach of contract entitling him to damages. The Supreme Court awarded the seafarer his nine months’ worth of salary in the case…

Seafarer’s psychological disorder as compensable work-related illness

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/17/2020

A seafarer’s psychological disorder or schizophrenia is considered as a compensable work-related illness triggered by the work environment on board the vessel. In compensation and disability claims, probability and not the ultimate degree of certainty is the…

WWII sexual slavery and violence  victims seek  justice before the United Nations

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/10/2019

Justice has not been given to World War II women victims of sexual slavery and violence as their fight for unequivocal public apology, accurate historical inclusion, and just compensation continues up to this day. Last November 25, the…

Seafarer’s Diabetes as compensable illness due to stress  

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/03/2019

A seafarer’s diabetes is considered a compensable work-related illness due to the  stressful work condition on board the vessel. In Apolinario Zonio, Jr vs. 88 Aces Maritime Services, Inc.,  (GR.No. 239052 October 16, 2019),  the Supreme Court…

Two Cebuanos cited as  Ten Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/08/2019

Two Cebuanos were recently recognized as 2019 winners of the annual search  the Ten Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines (TOMSP) in line with the 24th National Seafarers Day (NSD). The two students are  E/c Dustin Ryan…

Karaoke and the National Seafarers Day

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/24/2019

It is an understatement to say that karaoke is a central part of  pop culture of Filipinos , including seafarers whether on board or in between contracts.  Karaoke is indeed  a favorite past time of Filipino seafarers…

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