Through SENA, DOLE facilitates release of P52.9 million benefits to dependents of 11 MV Bulk Jupiter seafarers killed in sea mishap

Date Posted: March 10th, 2015 07:13 AM

The Department of Labor and Employment has facilitated the release of P52,928,100 benefits to the dependents/heirs of 11 Filipino seafarers who died when the ship they were manning sank off the coast of Vietnam. In settling the claim, DOLE used the Single Entry Approach or SEnA which is an administrative method that provides speedy, impartial, inexpensive, and accessible settlement procedures of all labor issues or conflicts to prevent them from ripening into full-blown disputes. In this process, conciliation-mediation is utilized as immediate intervention to effect amicable settlement. “Through the Single Entry Approach, we have convened the dependents/heirs of the seafarers and the Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, the company that deployed the seafarers to the ill-fated MV Bulk Jupiter, and the insurance agency Pandiman Philippines Inc. Labor, and effected the settlement of benefits,” Labor Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said. Secretary Baldoz said that benefits due the claimants are in accordance with the Philippine Overseas Welfare Administration (POEA) Standard Benefits under the Overseas Employment Contract on death, burial, and personal effects benefits. The amount represented the claims from the manning agency, as well as the owner, manager, and charterer of M/V Bulk Jupiter, which is also in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement of the company. It also is separate from the benefits under the Social Security System, Employees Compensation, Pag-IBIG, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, as well as private institutions like Associated Marine Officers' and Seamen's Union of the Philippines. The Conciliation and Mediation Office of the Office of the DOLE Secretary conducted four separate SEnA hearings of the claimants and the management of the maritime company, the latest of which was on 18 February. Cheques were promptly release by the Magsaysay Maritime Corporation and Pandiman Philippines, Inc. to the families of the seafarers. End/GSRubio

Created Mar 11th 2015, 15:49


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