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…

PINOY MARINO RIGHTS: Benzene and seafarer’s illnesses

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 04/02/2019

  The seafarer’s constant exposure to hazards such as chemicals ( including benzene) and the varying temperature, coupled by stressful tasks in his employment may cause a seafarer’s medical condition, like leukemia, cancer and goiter. Most seafarers…

PINOY MARINO RIGHTS: Accident at sea

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 03/19/2019

  Seafarers work under a hostile working environment at the sea and no matter how many precautions are taken, accidents are bound to happen resulting to injuries ranging from minor to the most gruesome types; some even leading…

PINOY MARINO RIGHTS: Spine injuries at sea

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 03/12/2019

Back pains or spine injuries or illnesses are inherent in a seafarer’s  job characterized by excessive and strenuous physical activities, such as lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling and moving heavy equipment and materials. The injury or illness may occur…

PINOY MARINO RIGHTS: Smoking and stress

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 03/06/2019

  Smoking , by itself, cannot  be a factor that bars compensation for the seafarer’s death due to  illnesses such as aneurism. The tendency of seafarers to smoke is often associated with the stress experienced at sea.…

PINOY MARINO RIGHTS: Malaria in the  seafaring industry

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 02/27/2019

It is   a well-known fact that seafaring is one of the most hazardous occupations, in regards to personal health and safety concerns of seafarers. The work on seagoing vessels is long associated with an increased risk of…

PINOY MARINO RIGHTS: Heartaches

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 02/13/2019

A job of a seafarer is not exactly a walk in the park as one  with a  heart condition is “a walking time bomb ready to explode towards the end of his employment days.”  (GSIS vs. Alcaraz,…

Beneficiaries of seafarer’s death compensation

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 02/05/2019

  The legal battle for death compensation of the deceased seafarer, in some instances, becomes a  “telenovela” case due to confusion as to the rightful recipients of the death benefits. Under an employment contract duly approved by…

 Post-contract death and medical records on board the vessel 

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 01/30/2019

  A seafarer’s  illness which caused his post-repatriation death must be properly  documented  during the term of his contract in relation to death compensation benefits. As a general rule, the death of the seafarer  should occur during the effectivity of…

Seafarer’s stress and stroke

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 01/23/2019

A seafarer who suffered stroke on board the vessel must be compensated due to work-related stress. In the case of Magsaysay Mitsui OSK Marine, Inc. v. Bengson (G.R. No. 198528, October 13, 2014) disregarded the employer’s claim that…

Seafarer’s repatriation on compassionate grounds

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 01/16/2019

 As a general rule, the employment of the seafarer shall cease when the he  completes his period of contractual service aboard the ship, signs-off from the ship and arrives at the point of hire. Similarly, a seafarer’s…

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