VAWC hanging over seafarers’ heads like the ‘Sword of Damocles’

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/13/2021

The Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act (VAWC) or R.A. No.9262, in some instances, can be considered a ‘Sword of Damocles” hanging over a seafarer’s head, specially in support issues. The “Sword of Damocles” is an allusion to…

‘Personal comfort’ doctrine and compensability of injuries during recreational activities

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/23/2021

A seafarer’s injury during any recreational activity such as a videoke session is compensable under the “personal comfort” doctrine. The Supreme Court utilized this legal paradigm in the recent case of John Oscares vs. Magsaysay Maritime Corp.…

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…

Stuck at sea: Nations urged to help virus-stranded mariners

09/25/2020

PARIS  — Another COVID-19 problem that the U.N. is trying to solve: how to help more than 300,000 merchant mariners who are trapped at sea because of coronavirus restrictions. Describing the mounting desperation of seafarers who have…

Seafarers’  music in the time of pandemic

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/23/2020

Despite the pandemic, music  plays a special role on Filipino seafarers’ life, whether at sea or on land. It is an understatement to say that karaoke is a central part of  pop culture of Filipinos, including seafarers…

Rescued Cebuano seafarers arrive in PH

Morexette Marie B. Erram 09/20/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The two Filipino seafarers ,who survived and were rescued from a sunken ship off the seas in southern Japan, have returned to the Philippines, the foreign affairs office has reported. In a tweet…

DFA: 127 seafarers stranded in ships abroad await repatriation

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 09/18/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Some 127 Filipino seafarers stranded in ships abroad are still awaiting repatriation, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier directed the DFA to assist Filipino seafarers who are stranded in…

Illegal salary deductions due to dubious promissory notes

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/21/2020

  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) must be vigilant against the execution of dubious promissory notes causing excessive deductions from their salaries. The Taiwan Times recently reported that six (6) Filipino fishermen accused Philippine and Taiwanese labor brokers…

200,000 container ship crew stranded at sea due to pandemic

Agence France Presse 07/12/2020

LONDON — More than a dozen countries, including the Philippines, have called for urgent action to solve a seafaring crisis that has left some 200,000 container ship crew stranded at sea due to the new coronavirus pandemic.…

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…

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…

Depression, suicide and COVID-19

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/26/2020

Suicide reports due to depression are sad manifestations of the  negative mental health effects  of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Pandemic anxiety can be overwhelming which if not handled properly may become emotional, physical and economic…

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