Contract termination and medical repatriation in compensation cases

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/16/2021

A seafarer is entitled to compensation even if he finished his contract as long as he already had medical conditions while onboard during his employment. The issue of repatriation due to contract termination and not on medical…

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…

Spinal conditions  as compensable work-related illnesses

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/19/2021

A seafarer’s spinal illness  is considered compensable due to strenuous activities on board the vessel that could have led to or at least aggravated his work-related medical conditions. The Supreme Court used this rationale in granting  total permanent…

Music and myths of the mermaids

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/05/2021

We grew up with legends and myths about creatures, divine beings and gods, including those where water plays an important role. Mysteries and myths of the ocean became interesting topics during an episode of the annual Boses…

The tale of a shotgun wedding, psychological incapacity and annulment

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/16/2021

Mere refusal to cohabit with one’s spouse will not be automatically considered as a psychological disorder in annulment cases. Like in telenovelas, a seafarer’s story of shotgun wedding or pikot that led to an annulment case became the…

Male seafarers as victims of sexual harassment

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/02/2021

Male seafarers can be the subject of sexual harassment while working on board the vessel entitling them to moral damages. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone and everyone. The Supreme Court stressed in the case of Richard…

Sto. Nino and the religiosity of Filipino seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/19/2021

Viva Sto. Nino! The Sto. Niño is venerated all over the country with annual festivals celebrated every last two weekends of January through special masses, dances and processions attracting millions of devotees and tourists. The main religious festivals…

Starting 2021 with a collision  

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/05/2021

The year 2021 for me started with a bang, literally, due to a car accident. On my way home from the grocery evening of January 1, my car was hit along C5 extension in Las Pinas by…

20 seafarers avail of CPA’s crew change hub services

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 10/20/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The new crew change hub services established by the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) on October 18, 2020, has benefitted 20 seafarers after two days of activation. In a statement released by the CPA,…

Declare seafarers as regular employees,  not merely contractual ones

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/06/2020

The Makabayan Bloc in Congress, through House Bill 6588, is pushing for job security for seafarers through regularization of their employment status. The HB 6588 filed on March 11, 2020  is one of the many other bills…

Entitlement to  disability benefits despite  recovery

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 09/22/2020

  The seafarer’s recovery from his illness or injury will not negate his entitlement to total permanent disability benefits. Total disability does not mean absolute helplessness since it is the not the injury which is compensated but…

The search for the missing seafarers of GULF LIVESTOCK 1

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/15/2020

  “Hana ni ta magawid ayu nga mapmaphod tapnu muntitiggawan tuu.” It is the Ifugao translation of “We hope you come home safe so we could see each other again”, a message  that my friend  Maya Addug-Sanchez…

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