Revisiting Disability Benefit

Can the disability grading given by the company doctor prevail over the fact that both the doctors of the company and the seafarer declared that the seafarer is unfit to return to his previous occupation? In the case of Maunlad Trans., Inc., et.al. vs. Rodolfo Camoral (G.R. No. 211454, February 11, 2015), the Supreme Court […]

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How shipping operators forget about safety

A major new study by the Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) reveals that while all shipping operators pay lip service to the importance of safety, only a few are actually making it a priority in their day-to-day operation. Even worse, shipping operators do not even realize that they are actually penalizing employees who show initiative […]

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The Unholy ALLIANCE: Expedite passage of Anti-Ambulance Chasing Bill

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The United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) has called on legislators to act on the swift passage of a measure that prohibits the abusive practice of ambulance chasing and punish individuals involved in such coercive conduct in claiming for compensation and disability benefits, particularly involving seafarers. UFS president Engr. Nelson P. Ramirez said unless a law that […]

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The Unholy ALLIANCE: The Hidden Agenda

Consistent with the policy of the State to promote voluntary arbitration as a mode of settling disputes, Filipino seafarers are now turning to arbitration to settle their claims for CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) benefits. Majority of these claims consist of disability benefits, illness allowance and medical reimbursements. These are among the most common reliefs sought […]

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The Unholy ALLIANCE : Pinoy seafarers wary of recent NCMB decision, cites possible loss of jobs

Mr. Miguel Rocha of CF Sharp Crew Management, Inc. warned that the recent decision of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) granting full disability benefits to a Filipino seafarer whose tip of the middle finger was damaged while on board a vessel may trigger global shipping companies to shy away from the Philippines, the […]

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NGO: 124 Ships Dumped on South Asia’s Beaches in Q3

Some 124 ships out of 227 ships broken in the third quarter of 2017 ended up on beaches in South Asia for dirty and dangerous breaking, the latest report from NGO Ship-breaking Platform shows. A total of 42 ships were sent for demolition to Turkey, 35 to China, and 26 were scrapped in the rest of the […]

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