Posted September 27,2019 05:28:23
A total sum of P1.314 Million in full cash was handed over to the nine (9) worker-drivers of an International Corporation during the last Single Entry Approach (SEnA) conference held on September 6, 2019, Friday, for the purpose.
In August 2019, the group of drivers filed Request for Assistance (RFA) before the NLRC NCR Arbitration Branch to claim for their overtime payment for several years which accordingly were not given to them by their employer.
Four (4) conferences to hear both parties were conducted from August 15 to September 6, 2019. The conferences were mediated by NCR SEnA Conciliator-Mediator towards settlement and/or agreement leading to a win-win situation.
In September 6, 2019, the parties both agreed to settle the RFA based on the computation and proposal proffered to by the respondent for each worker-complainant.
“The Commission continues to exert efforts towards amicable settlement of labor disputes during SEnA and compulsory arbitration processes so as workers attain the fairest, quickest, least expensive and most effective way possible in resolving their labor disputes,” Chairman Gerardo C. Nograles said in one of his speeches.
Under the SEnA Program, all labor disputes or Requests for Assistance filed before the Regional Arbitration Branches (RABs) of the Commission have to undergo a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation for purposes of amicable settlement to prevent the same from maturing into actual labor cases that will be elevated and resolved under the formal adjudication process.
The Program is an administrative approach and a reform measure institutionalized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in 2010 to effect faster, fairer and inexpensive settlement of labor issues.
According to data of the the National Labor Relations Commission, it will usually take an average of 132 mandays to resolve a Request for Assistance (RFA). Howbeit, SEnA was able to reduce the duration of resolution into 17 mandays per RFA which translates to a savings of P269 million in personnel salaries that the government spends for arbitrations.
In 2018, 15,067 or 40% of the 39,196 labor disputes filed before the NLRC were settled through mandatory conference under SEnA, totaling to P1.408 Billion monetary awards given to workers-complainant.
Based on a five (5)-year trend of NLRC labor dispute settlement, the increase in settlement posted an average surge rate of 6% for every year from 2014 to 2018 in SEnA. Within these years, SEnA Settlement posted an increase rate of 18%, with 2018 as the year with the highest settled disputes.
The National Labor Relations Commission is the principal government agency that hears and decides labor-management disputes. It is tasked to promote and maintain industrial peace by resolving labor and management disputes involving both local and overseas workers through compulsory arbitration after mandatory conciliation-mediation conferences failed.
/END Katherine Mae Bautista