Arangkada Philippines rated NLRC with five (5) stars for improved labor adjudication and arbitration

             In its Second Anniversary Assessment, Arangkada Philippines rated the NLRC with five (5) stars of all the recommendations in labor.

            Arangkada Philippines, a project by the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines and first published in December 2010, reflected the results of nine focus group discussions with the participation of nearly 300 Filipino and foreign investors over a period of more than six months.

            The recommendations of these investors were supplemented by research into the advocacies of leading Filipino domestic business associations and foreign chambers of commerce.

            On January 26, 2011, Arangkada Philippines held its First Anniversary Forum and released the First Anniversary Assessment, which evaluated progress in completing all 471 recommendations in the 2010 document. The advocacy coordinated some 40 experts – senior consultants, former public officials, business executives, and academics – who rate 462 of the 471 recommendations based on the six (6)-star rating system.

            One of the recommendations of Arangkada Philippines is to improve the speed and fairness of the adjudication of labor cases before the NLRC.

            In 2011, the NLRC was rated with four (4) stars, and in 2012 it was rated with five (5) stars. The improvement from fou stars to five stars was recognized by Arangkada Philippines due to NLRC’s continuous implementation and monitoring of the Project Speedy and Efficient Delivery of Labor Justice in handling labor cases.

             Arangkada Philippines also noted the dialogues between NLRC and TIPC that continues to address the problems in the labor justice system. As a result, NLRC pursued reforms in: (1) quality of decisions, (2) improved dockets, and (3) integrity. This includes, among others, the amendment of the Rules of Procedure Governing Administrative Disciplinary Proceedings for the Commission’s Efficiency and Integrity Board to ensure greater fairness in the system, and the development of Case Tracking System for the Regional Arbitration Branches to provide a reliable database of all pending cases.


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National Labor Relations Commission