Philippines – Seafarers Protection Act Signed into Law
We have obtained information about a new law “An Act Protecting Seafarers Against Ambulance Chasing and Imposition of Excessive Fees and Providing Penalties Therefor” (simply called the Seafarers Protection Act), from our correspondents in the Philippines, Del Rosario Pandiphil Inc. Please find the attached their circular.
The Act recognizes that seafarers, who have suffered disability or death, have fallen victims to an unfair scheme where unscrupulous lawyers promise them huge monetary award in exchange for exorbitant fees and intends to put an end to such situation.
Link to the Act: http://www.gov.ph/2015/11/26/republic-act-no-10706/