Stories written by Agent Tinig

Nothing tastes better than a coffee brewed in our own breakfast nook

Ever since I learned from a doctor-friend that coffee is good for the body, foremost of which is its being antioxidant, I have become a coffee lover. In fact, I buy a sample or two from countries that I have been to. I get to enjoy its rich aroma in the morning because I see […]

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A Seaman’s Life

Generally, it is one’s dream to see the world free. Once upon a time, a young boy like me dreamed to become a seaman—a navigator and an officer of an international vessel that may have the chance to explore the vast oceans to see other countries. To know what it was like in a foreign […]

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THE COMPANY DOCTOR’S OPINION

How should a companydesignated doctor prepare the medical opinion of a medically repatriated seafarer? The recent case of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, et.al. v. Rodel A. Cruz (GR No. 204769, June 6, 2016) is instructive on this point and worth looking at. In Magsaysay, the seafarer, who was hired by his employer to work on board […]

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IMO labels Tubbataha Reef Natural Park as Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA)

THE Philippines’ pride Tubbataha Reef Natural Park has been officially designated as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA)— and an “area to be avoided”— by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The endorsement is a major breakthrough, as it will require international vessels to avoid the World Heritage site, reducing the impact of noise and pollution, […]

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Hindi birong responsibilidad ng Arbitration

Maituturing kong isa na namang bahagi ng tagumpay sa isang yugto ng aking buhay bilang maritime voluntary arbitrator ng National Conciliation and Mediation Board nang ang aking dissenting opinion ay kinatigan ng Court of Appeals at ng Supreme Court. Bilang isang marino, maipagmamalaki ko na sa tungkulin kong ito ay kasama ko ang dalawang magigiting […]

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A LADY’S TOUCH

Last February, President Duterte signed the appointment papers of Atty. Vera Joy Sadlan Ban-eg as Deputy Executive Director of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Office. I admit that when I read about the appointment at that time, the first thing that came to my mind was that she was not a seafarer. I asked […]

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