Pinoy Seafarer's Rights

Permanently disability and Seafarer’s Record Book / Identity Document

THE ISSUANCE or renewal of the Seafarer’s Record Book (SRB) and Seafarer’s Identity Document (SID) is now dependent on the medical fitness of a...

Seafarer’s drunkenness while off-duty

 A SEAFARER cannot be dismissed on the ground of drunkenness or intoxication if he is off-duty. The Supreme Court clarified in...

Abandonment of medical treatment

ABANDONMENT cannot be presumed from the seafarer’s acts as there must be deliberate intention and overt act to disregard medical treatment that will result...

Medical repatriation and contract termination in compensation cases

A SEAFARER is entitled to compensation even if he already finished his contract as long as his medical condition was properly documented while he...

The doctrine of Good Samaritan at Sea

THE SAGA of our Filipino fishermen again resurfaced after a Philippine fishing boat, F/B Gem-Ver, partially sank near Recto Bank midnight of June 9. The sinking involved...

Quitclaims in seafarers’ cases

NECESSITOUS men are not, truly speaking, free men, especially in relation to quitclaims, waivers or releases. When a seafarer sustains an injury, illness or loses his...

Prompt disclosure of seafarers’ disability assessments

THE SEAFARER must be formally informed of the final and definite assessment of his medical condition by the company-designated physician within the 120/240-day period,...

Compensability of seafarer’s psychosis, severe depression or schizophrenia

A SEAFARER’S psychosis, severe depression or schizophrenia may be considered compensable due to the work-related stressful environment on board the vessel. Seafarers are susceptible to mental health issues...

Deadweight: The perils of seafaring life

I WAS ELATED to see my name in the credits of the film Deadweight, a Finnish-German co-production that explores the tough working conditions in...

Colon cancer and seafarer’s diet

THE INTERPLAY of dietary factors, age and working environment while at sea contribute to the development of colon cancer among seafarers. The Supreme Court ruled...

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