SC affirms granting of health benefits to sick seaman

March 15, 2010 11:37 pm 

MANILA, March 15 – The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday affirmed the decision of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) granting health benefits to a seaman who acquired kidney ailment while at work on Jan. 23, 2003.

In a seven-page decision, the SC 2nd Division affirmed the ruling of the NLRC which said that the affliction of gallstone of seaman Marcos Abalos was not covered by the standard terms and conditions of Filipino seafarers.

The case stemmed from the petition filed by Bandila Shipping and Fuyoh Shipping that sought to disallow the grant of disability benefits and sickness allowance to Abalos.

Earlier, the Court of Appeals (CA) reversed the ruling of the NLRC.

Nonetheless, the SC dismissed the CA decision that said that the sickness of the seaman was not work-related such that it was a kind of disease that could not be diagnosed before the seaman boards the ship. (PNA)

RMA/PTR

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