Magsaysay MOL Lauded for Ensuring Benefits

The 14 Filipino seafarers whose container vessel split into two and sank off Yemen last June have been reunited with their families and have received their benefits, the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Friday.  

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz cited Magsaysay MOL Marine for ensuring the benefits to the 14 Filipinos who were part of the crew of the ill-fated "MOL Comfort.   

"We are happy that all the 14 Filipinos, together with the other crew, are safe and have been given all-out assistance by the company, Baldoz said in a news release. She thanked Magsaysay MOL (Mitsui O.S.K. Lines) Marine Inc. (MAGMOL) for ensuring the best maritime labor standards for the 14 Filipino seafarers.
The MOL Comfort had encountered stormy weather in the Indian Ocean last June 17. Its hull split into two. MAGMOL president Francisco Menor told Baldoz the 14 seamen were given due assistance and reunited with their families in the Philippines, following their rescue. Also rescued were 12 other crewmembers of Ukrainian and Russian nationalities. Investigation showed the "MOL Comfort" was heading from Singapore to Jeddah when it encountered bad weather. MAGMOL sent a representative to meet with and ensure the safety of the 14 Filipino crewmembers in time for their arrival in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Last June 23, the 14 seamen arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and were met by family members and MAGMOL representatives. The seafarers were then billeted by the company at the Manila Diamond Hotel.
On June 23, the seafarers received the contractual benefits before the DOLE, including: - compensation for lost personal effects at a maximum rate of $3,000 - severance pay equivalent to two months' basic wage- accrued wages for June 1 to 23.
Source: VVP, GMA News


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