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2nd Officer Filipino Seaman Settled for P2,883,200.00 Disability Benefits

       In an Order issued by the Labor Arbiter of the National Capital Region Arbitration Branch confirming the settlement, the case filed by a Filipino seaman for disability benefits was amicably settled.

       For the disability benefits, both the parties, the manning agency and the complainant agreed to settle the case for US$68,000.00 or P2,883,200.00 as full and final settlement.

       The complainant was a 2nd officer seaman deployed at Marshall Island.

NLRC Orients Labor Arbitration Associates on 2011 NLRC Rules of Procedures, Case Management System and Records Management

       Recognizing the essence of capacity building and reforms in the arbitration proceedings, the NLRC conducted a seminar workshop for the Labor Arbitration Associates (LAAs).

       In a nationwide seminar workshop, an orientation for Labor Arbitration Associates (LAAs) from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao on the 2011 NLRC Rules of Procedure and Case Management was scheduled in June and July 2012.

Manning Agency Expresses Admiration for Decisive Action of NLRC Chairman

       In line with the commitment to reform labor arbitration and adjudication and restore integrity and fairness in the system, the NLRC once again unfold its dedication to serve the public.

       In a letter dated 03 May 2012, the president of one manning agency expresses her admiration for prompt and decisive action of NLRC Chairman Gerardo C. Nograles in her complaint against the Labor Arbiters and Labor Arbitration Associates, to wit:


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SC Clarifies NLRC Rules of Procedure on Posting and Reduction of Bond

      In a February 2012 decision, the Supreme Court clarifies that the Rules of Procedure of the NLRC allows the filing of a motion to reduce bond subject to two conditions: (1) there is meritorious ground, and (2) a bond in a reasonable amount is posted. The filing of a motion to reduce bond and compliance with the two conditions stop the running of the period to perfect an appeal.

SC Affirms NLRC Declaration of Union’s Strike Illegal for Violation of CBA's No Strike-No Lockout Provision

      In a March 2012 decision, the Supreme Court (SC) affirm the decisions of the Labor Arbiter and the NLRC in declaring the strike staged by the Union, participated in by the Union officers and members, illegal for violating the no strike-no lockout provision of the CBA which enjoined both the Union and the company from resorting to the use of economic weapons available to them under the law and to instead take recourse to voluntary arbitration in settling their disputes.

SC Delineates Jurisdiction of DOLE vis-a-vis NLRC

      In a March 2012 decision, the Supreme Court delineates the jurisdiction of the DOLE Secretary vis-à-vis that of the NLRC.

      The Court ruled that no limitation in the law was placed upon the power of the DOLE to determine the existence of an employer-employee relationship. No procedure was laid down where the DOLE would only make a preliminary finding, that the power was primarily held by the NLRC. x  x  x

NLRC Resolved 11,127 cases in Project SpeED 4

      The Project SpeED 4 covers June 30, 2011 & earlier cases. The resolution period of which is from July 1 to December 31, 2011, or for a period of six (6) months.

NLRC Amends the EIB Rules

      The Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Committee on Efficiency and Integrity Board (EIB) Rules has presented to the NLRC En Banc last 08 February 2012, the draft of the amended NLRC-EIB Rules.

      The EIB Rules was amended to conform to the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RRACCS) which recently took effect in November 2011, and to streamline the procedures governing administrative cases in the NLRC.

ILO and NLRC Centers on the Application

        The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO), in collaboration with the ILO Country Office for the Philippines, organized a training course for the Commissioners and Labor Arbiters of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), which was held last November 21 to 25, 2011 at Tagaytay City.

Year-End Bonus of P7.7M Awarded to 80 Employees of Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils., Inc.-Cebu Plant

     Regional Arbitration Branch VII of the NLRC awarded the Year-End Bonus amounting to P7,795,974.80 to 80 employees of Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils., Inc.-Cebu Plant.

      In a decision dated 09 March 2012, the labor arbiter declares the individual complainants who are members of the Royal Plant Workers Union entitled to year-end bonus starting 2008 and every year thereafter as a matter of company practice, equivalent to an employee’s one-month basic salary.