Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the National Conciliation and Mediation Board-National Capital Region (NCMB-NCR) has settled through conciliation a complaint filed by the family of a seafarer who died while on active duty.

Citing the report of NCMB Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo, Secretary Baldoz said the settlement involved the payment of US$70,000, equivalent to over P2.9 million,  representing the complete and full settlement of the family’s claim for death and other benefits due the late Emmanuel Bansil.

Bansil was in active service as a seafarer when he died. He was deployed by Aminta Crew Management, Inc., a licensed manning agency with office address at 3/F Coherco Center, 116 V.A. Rufino Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. Its president is Carolina de Leon.

Emmanuel Bansil’s father, Rosauro, and the late seafarer’s sister, Rosalie, with the help of a lawyer, sought the help of the NCMB-NCR on 23 April this year to press for the death benefit claim. NCMB-NCR conciliator-mediator Jay Jasper Javines conciliated the dispute which resulted to the settlement.

Baldoz, in commending the NCMB-NCR and Con-Med Javines for facilitating the settlement, said conciliation-mediation is still the best possible option to solve labor disputes.

“The conciliation-mediation services of the DOLE is free, accessible, and fast. And it is beneficial to both parties,” she said.

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