Seafarer’s drunkenness while  off-duty

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/16/2019

A seafarer cannot be dismissed  on the ground of drunkenness or intoxication if he is off-duty. The Supreme Court clarified in the case of EVIC Human Resource Management Inc., v. Rogelio Panahon, (G.R. No. 206890, July 31, 2017)…

Medical repatriation and contract termination in compensation cases

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/09/2019

  A seafarer is entitled to compensation even if he finished his contract as long as his medical condition was properly documented while he is on board the vessel. The issue of repatriation due to contract termination…

Sunflowers and Sablay in UP: Symbols of the ultimate rites of passage

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/02/2019

Graduates of  the University of the Philippines in Diliman have flooded their social media accounts with photos of  two icons  – sunflowers and sablay.  It is said that the blossoming of sunflowers were already a tradition since the…

The doctrine of Good Samaritan at Sea

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 06/25/2019

The saga of our Filipino fishermen again resurfaced after a Philippine fishing boat,  F/B GEM-VER, partially sank near Recto Bank midnight of June 9,  which involved a Chinese vessel. Several versions later were aired, from the initial statement…

Prompt disclosure of a seafarer’s disability assessments  

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 06/11/2019

The seafarer must be formally informed of the  final  and definite assessment of his medical condition by the company-designated physician within  the  120/240-day period, otherwise he will be entitled to total permanent disability benefits. The Supreme Court…

DEADWEIGHT:  Accident ,  suicide, and seafarer’s death compensation claims

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 06/04/2019

The Finnish-German film “Deadweight” dealt with the legal question on the cause of a Filipino seafarer’s death that has a significant impact in compensation claims: whether he died  by accident or suicide. The movie by German filmmaker Axel…

Compensability of seafarer’s psychosis, severe depression or schizophrenia

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/28/2019

A seafarer’s psychosis, severe depression  or schizophrenia may be  considered  compensable due to the work-related  stressful environment  on board the vessel. Seafarers are susceptible to mental health issues due to  harassment and bullying  that can take a…

Changing of the guards in seafarer’s cause

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/21/2019

  With two seats as party-list representatives ,  the  major challenge of  MARINO  is to confront the questions raised on the qualification of its first three nominees who are not seafarers. The results of the recent party-list…

Seafarers and Hernia

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/14/2019

Hernia is considered as one of the common seafarer’s illness as lifting heavy weight is  a normal part of daily routine on board the vessel. A five-year study by Dr Nicomedes Cruz, a Manila-based surgeon, of the causes of medical…

Politics   and business in the seafarers’ party-list election

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/07/2019

The party-list system has been widely criticized for being  dominated by political overlords and big business.  Several groups have called for the repeal or amendment of the party-list law as political dynasties and businessmen have “hijacked” the…

The party-list system and the seafarers’ votes

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 04/30/2019

  The votes of the  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), both landbased and seabased, are now being courted by groups aiming political seats through the party-list representation. Around 134 groups will vie for 59 seats allotted for the…

Tuberculosis among seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 04/23/2019

Seafarers by nature of their work are exposed to a variety of occupational hazards making exposure to biological agents and the concomitant risk of communicable diseases extremely  high. Because of their nature of work, seafarers are bound…

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