Posted February 04,2019 18:25:10

         The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), a quasi-judicial agency attached to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), is mandated to resolve labor and management disputes involving both local and overseas workers through compulsory arbitration and alternative modes of dispute resolution. With a strategic mission firmly in place, the NLRC embarked on a far-reaching labor and employment agenda in previous years, furthering its efforts to be the pre-eminent government agency which has taken the lead in promoting and maintaining industrial peace based on social justice through economically-viable dispute settlement machinery. In coordination with the DOLE, the NLRC is presently implementing the Philippine Development Plan on Labor and Employment of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that includes the so-called "Malasakit" or Enhancing the Social Fabric to ensure people-centered, clean, and efficient governance, and pursue swift and fair administration of justice. While the NLRC’s two core goals – disposition of labor and management disputes based on social justice and promotion and maintenance of industrial peace – are earnestly being pursued, it continues to adopt innovative policies and practices as well as landmark reform measures to ensure achievement of these goals. Specifically, the NLRC has implemented the following: (a) Double-Barreled Conciliation-Mediation program to provide avenues for settlement of labor disputes; (b) Project Speedy and Efficient Delivery of Labor Justice; (c) First-In-First-Out Policy on Ageing of Cases; (d) continuing enhancement of the NLRC Rules of Procedure and Execution of Judgment; (e) strengthening of mandatory conciliation and mediation process at all stages of the proceedings; (f) observance of a Code of Conduct; (g) proper monitoring of allocation and utilization of agency funds in accordance with the principles of zero-based budgeting; and (h) observance of an acceptable level of performance for Commissioners and Labor Arbiters and imposition of sanctions for non-compliance. Since the creation of the NLRC, it has been persistent in pursuing the reforms in labor and employment that will improve the services and address the problem of delay in the disposition of cases. 
           The extensive campaign instituted by the NLRC in the past years, which has drawn support from both the public and private sectors, made its accomplishments possible. 
           Together with my fellow Commissioners, the Labor Arbiters and the entire NLRC staff, I look forward to working with concerned stakeholders in continuing to promote dynamic industrial peace with transparency, fairness and accountability in these challenging times.

Gerardo C. Nograles