POEA Clarifies Hazard Pay For Seafarers

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said Filipino seafarers on board ships that pass through pirate-infested areas are entitled to overtime and leave pays.

In Governing Board (GB) Resolution No. 12, POEA said "the computation of double wage and compensation benefits for seafarers traversing established high risk zones / areas covers overtime and leave pay."

POEA said the latest GB resolution was issued to clarify the implementation of the double wage and compensation benefits for seafarers transiting high risk zones, particularly on the inclusion of overtime and leave pay which are covered under POEA Memorandum Circular No. 14 series of 2009, but which are not explicitly provided under Governing Board Resolution No. 09 series of 2011.

The 2009 circular provided, among others the payment and computation of the double wage and benefits, which include overtime and leave pay due to seafarers on board vessels transiting declared high risk zones or areas.

The 2011 Resolution provided that the bonus compensation to seafarers transiting declared high risk zones / areas equal to 100 percent of the basic wage and a doubled compensation in case of injury or death on any day during which the vessel he is serving on is attacked.

"A number of manning agencies raised queries on the payment of double compensation and benefits stated in the aforesaid Resolution, particularly on the coverage of overtime and leave pay in the computation of double compensation and benefits," the POEA said.

Earlier, the POEA also passed a resolution declaring the areas within the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean as high-risk areas or destinations where Filipino seafarers face possible attack by pirates.