Posted July 30,2019 03:39:24
With the increasing demand to expedite the resolution of labor disputes between workers and employers and to eliminate delays in filing of Requests for Assistance and complaints, NLRC Chairman Gerardo C. Nograles pushed for the additional establishment of satellite offices during NLRC En Banc Session in March 2019.
In its En Banc Resolution No. 06-17, the Commission En Banc authorized the Chairman to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Labor and Employment in order to seek assistance from DOLE for the efficient and effective operation of satellite offices.
“The additional satellite offices would significantly make the services of the Commission more accessible to the workers”, Nograles said. He added that it would be important for the Satellite Offices to be able to receive complaints every day.
Nograles likewise pointed out that the original concept of a satellite office would be a one-stop-shop where parties can file complaints, submit position papers and file appeals before the office. Thus, there is an utmost need for the assistance and coordination of the Officials and Staff of DOLE Regional and Field Offices.
The details of the operations of the proposed satellite offices and functions of each personnel to man the offices will be stipulated in the MOA to be forged upon meeting with the DOLE representatives.
At present, assigning or deputizing a roving Labor Arbitration Associate (LAA) to travel to DOLE Provincial and Field Offices to conduct and handle SEnA Conferences and mandatory conciliation-mediations therein once a week has been the practice of some Regional Arbitration Branches (RABs) to address the filing of RFAs and complaints from far-flung areas.
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