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Pinoy Seaman Who Loses Sight Due to Ship Accident Gets Php2.4M

Oct 19, 2012

 A report from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that a Filipino seaman who becomes blind because of an accident that happened in a ship where he is employed will receive more than Php2 million pesos.


The seaman, Roger Farillon was on duty in the vessel M/V OBO BIC IRINI when he was injured. A chemical rust remover accidentally splashed and hits his right eye and that incident caused him to lose his sight.


According to Labor Secretary, Rosalinda Baldoz, Farilloh who is under a POEA-licensed manning agency, Global Gateway Crewing Services, Inc. (GGCSI), asked the help of the DOLE agency, National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) on May this year.


As assistance, the DOLE said that Atty. Reid Valmores filed a Notice to Arbitrate claiming entitlement to collective bargaining agreement (CBA) benefits on his behalf.

This is by virtue of the Pan Hellenic Seafarers Federation-International Transport Workers Federation (PNO-ITF).


The PNO-ITF which is based in Greece is one of the oldest and major global seafarers’ federations in the world.


Baldoz said, "On 18 September 2012, both parties mutually agreed that the injured seaman be granted the full and complete settlement of all his claims."


The full settlement that Farillon will receive is Php2,425,920. 

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