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Spinal conditions as compensable work-related illnesses

A seafarer’s spinal illness is considered compensable due to strenuous activities on board the vessel that could have led to or at least aggravated...

Noise and seafarer’s hearing loss

Hearing loss is a serious medical condition for a seafarer as it impacts his physical and economic well-being. A seafarer’s hearing loss may be caused...

Seafarer’s hazardous life on board car carriers

While consumers enjoy driving their cars, transporting automobiles as cargoes onboard vessels can have a toll on a seafarer’s health. Most seafarers live and work...

Sea Sunday, fishermen  and the West Philippine Sea

Matamlay. Sluggish. This is how Taytay Apostolic Vicar-designate Bishop Broderick Pabillo described the government’s treatment of  Filipino fishermen despite the favorable arbitral tribunal’s ruling on the...

Clemency for delisted seafarers

A seafarer who is penalized with delisting from the registry of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) may be granted clemency under certain circumstances. Clemency is...

When contract termination coincides with medical repatriation

The employer cannot escape liability on the mere fact that the seafarer finished his contract if it should have been essentially a case of...

Protecting the legal rights of seafarers

The seafarer, like other OFWs, is often looked up to as one of today’s heroes who, through the huge remittances in billions of dollars...

Listen to the Filipinos’ clamor to defend our sovereign rights – MARLAWPh

Listen and respond to the clamor of the Filipinos to defend their sovereign rights and entitlements in the West Philippines Sea (WPS). In a published...

Mutiny as ground for dismissal

Mutiny has become a common plot for blockbusters like the 1997 American historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. The film centered on the 1839...

Migrant fishermen and debt bondage

Delicious seafood in a menu might have a dark side: labor issues involving migrant fishermen that have long troubled the global fishing industry. In the piece...