Seafarer’s diet and kidney cancer

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/09/2021

A seafarer’s working conditions on board the vessel, including his dietary provisions, can aggravate or increase the risk of contracting ailments like kidney diseases. In Caraan vs Grieg Philippines, Inc. (G.R. No. 252199 May 5, 2021), the…

Clemency for delisted seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/01/2021

A seafarer who is penalized with delisting from the registry of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) may be granted clemency under certain circumstances. Clemency is the power given to a public official to lower the harshness of…

Damages due to unauthorized substitution of employment contract

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/05/2021

Licensed recruitment agencies will be liable for damages due to the unauthorized substitution of the government-approved employment contracts. The Supreme Court stressed this principle in the case of recent case of Marcelo M. Corpuz vs. Gerwil Crewing…

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…

Owner of Gulf Livestock 1 has stopped paying salary of missing Filipino seafarers — DOLE

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 12/17/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III claimed Thursday that the owner of the capsized Gulf Livestock 1 has stopped paying the salaries of the 36 missing Filipino seafarers, a matter opposed by the Philippine government.…

50 recruitment agencies shut down due to pandemic

Jerome Aning 12/14/2020

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is looking for ways to help recruitment agencies that have temporary closed or shrunk operations due to the lockdowns and slowdown in deployment caused by the pandemic. Bernard Olalia, POEA administrator,…

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…

Rubbing salt on the wound

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 09/01/2020

  One too often gets the feeling, and I’ve occasionally written about it, that our so-called public servants in government can be such experts in constantly finding ways to make life more difficult for us Filipinos. Filipino…

NBI expects 100 more complainants against illegal recruiter

Alven Marie A. Timtim 08/08/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — At least 100 more complainants are expected to file their complaints against April Jade Sagun, 35, of Barangay Dumlog Talisay City, who was arrested for illegal recruitment and estafa. Initially, four individuals had…

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.…

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…

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