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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Examination and Assessment Division

Examination and Assessment Division  For purposes of accuracy the whole 6.6.3 of the IRR of RA 10635 is quoted below: “Section 6.6.3 – Examination and Assessment Division; The Examination and Assessment Division, through its Division Chief, shall ensure that: 1.All examination and assessment procedures are appropriate and compliant to STCW, as approved by the Executive […]

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MARINA Making Strides

After some slight hiccups since Chief Marcial Amaro embarked on a determined campaign to rid MARINA of corruption and inefficiency, it seems that things at the agency has gotten back on track. While the results of last summer’s European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) have yet to be officially released, MARINA has been keeping itself busy with […]

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