NCMB Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz the settlement through conciliation of the complaint filed by the family of a seafarer who died while on seafaring duty.
The complaint, involving Adfil Shipmanning and Management Corporation, was filed by the family of Resty G. Artuz who was a bosun on board the MV Unta.
The company hired Artuz for a period of ten months. On 26 May 2012, while on board the vessel, he fell to the waters and his body was not recovered.
Artuz’s wife, Rosita, and their son, Renald, accompanied by Atty. Romulo P. Valmores, came to the NCMB NCR regional office on 14 June 2013 to request assistance in claiming the death benefits of the deceased bosun, including attorney’s fees and other damages.
On the same day, Rosita and Renald and the representatives of Adfil Shipmanning and Management Corporation mutually agreed to the amount of $91,882 as full and complete settlement of the complainants’ claims.
The complainants received the amount of $72,655.98 (roughly P3 M) after deducting advance payments of $19,226.02 made by the AMOSUP and AMWA. They also signed their quitclaim in favor of the company on the same day.
NCR OIC Amorsolo V. Aglibut facilitated the settlement.
Meanwhile, the NCMB NCR regional office has also settled through conciliation the complaint filed by Larry T. Torrigue, a bosun onboard the MV/CMA CGM Africa, against his manning agency, Southfield Agencies, Inc.
Torrigue developed the illness hemuturia secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and was declared unfit to work, resulting to his repatriation and hospital confinement in the Philippines.
He sought the assistance of NCMB NCR on May 14, 2013, claiming full disability benefits and attorney’s fees in accordance with the CBA.
On 16 July 2013, after a series of conciliation conferences, Torrigue and representatives of Southfield Agencies mutually agreed to P425,080 as full and complete settlement of his claim.
Conciliator-Mediator Edgar Aquino facilitated the settlement.
“In both cases, we used conciliation and mediation to explore options for settlement that are beneficial and acceptable to both parties,” Ubaldo said in his report.
“The parties knew that if they proceeded with litigation, their case would drag on for months, even years, which would not be advantageous to both of them,” he added.
He invited seafarers and other workers who have similar complaints to approach the nearest regional branch of the NCMB to take advantage of the Board’s conciliation-mediation services.
END/William E. Calina
A report by Diadema E. Aguirre