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…

 Seafarer’s cancer and the ‘disputable presumption’ principle 

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/19/2020

The month of May has three significant dates for us: Mothers’ day, Mama’s birthday and her death anniversary. My mother, fondly called Mama Linda, died on May 17, 2002 due to pericarditis and lymphoma three days after she celebrated…

Blacklisting and the truth on COVID-19

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 04/21/2020

  Fear of blacklisting might be  causing the unexplained under-reporting of the consequences of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic on seafarers. “There is an unnecessary fear of telling the truth thereby potentially causing panic in what…

COVID-19,  extension and early termination of seafarer’s contract

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 04/07/2020

  Seafarers have a right to return home at the end of their contract at no cost to themselves. Unfortunately, thousands of  seafarers, mostly from cruise liners, with expired employment contracts have been forced into continued labor aboard…

Seafarers, Novel Coronavirus and other infections

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 02/04/2020

  Seafarers  were cautioned  to follow health guidelines to prevent the spread of illnesses in view of the recent outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (NCoV) The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) released an advisory for seafarers…

Cardinal Tagle: ‘Be  one with the people of the sea’

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 10/29/2019

KAOSHIUNG, Taiwan –  Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle encouraged   port welfare workers and chaplains to listen to the people of the sea, particularly  seafarers and fishermen, and not merely impose their plans for them. “It makes a lot…

Deadline set for submission of seafarers’ entries for the 2019 NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition

Irene R. Sino Cruz 08/23/2019

CEBU CITY—Seafarers have two more weeks left to submit their entries for the business plan competition organized by the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) and the Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP). In an emailed press…

Stowaways and seafarer’s dismissal

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/17/2018

A seafarer may be dismissed in the event that he is found to be committing unauthorized acts in connivance with or cuddling of stowaways. The International Transportation Workers Federation (ITF) defines a stowaway as a person who…

Interim disability grading in seafarer’s claims

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/10/2018

The declaration for interim disability grade is merely an initial determination of a seafarer’s condition for the time being and cannot be considered as a definite prognosis. Without a valid final and definitive assessment from the company-designated…

Seafarers’ claims to be delayed by placing awards in Escrow

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/26/2018

Manning agencies are pushing for the inclusion of an escrow provision in the proposed Magna Carta which is a mere dilatory tactic in the execution of the seafarers’ monetary awards. The provision in essence aimed to amend…

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