The Conference of Maritime Manning Agencies v POEA; G.R. No. 114714; 21 Apr 1995; 243 SCRA 666

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The Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued Resolution No. 01, series of 1994 amending and increasing the compensation and other benefits under Part. II, Section C, paragraph 1 and Section L, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the POEA Standard Employment Contract for Seafarers. POEA also issued Memorandum Circular No. 05, series of 1994 informing all Filipino seafarers, manning agencies, shipowners, managers and principals hiring Filipino seafarers of the said adjustments.

Whether or not the assailed issuances violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

NO. There can be no dispute about the dissimilarities between land-based and sea-based Filipino overseas workers in terms of, among other things, work environment, safety, dangers and risks to life and limb, and accessibility to social, civic, and spiritual activities.

Petition is DISMISSED for lack of merit.

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