Posted October 07,2019 02:49:07
The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) Seventh Division is confident in achieving “Zero Pending Caseload” at the end of the 2019 for the fifth consecutive year.
This was expressed by NLRC Seventh Division Presiding Commissioner (PC) Violeta Ortiz- Bantug at the Bench and Bar Dialogue, spearheaded by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu City Chapter, last September 18, 2019 at the Summit Galleria Cebu.
She echoed the same with the stand to fight all forms of corruption and irregularities in the agency as she joined the same function organized by the IBP Cebu Chapter last September 19, 2019 at the Elizabeth Hotel in Cebu City, together with fellow Seventh Division Commissioners Julie C. Rendoque and Nendell Hanz L. Abella.
The Bench and Bar Dialogue is part of the IBP’s celebration of the Philippine National Law Week every third week of September, which aims “to improve the relationship between the two Pillars of Justice and thresh out problems and concerns for a more efficient administration of justice.”
“Our standards, at present, require the resolution of labor disputes in the fairest, quickest, least expensive and most effective way possible. This is our mission,” said PC Bantug during the event attended by Court of Appeals Justices, court judges, other quasi-judicial agency heads and practicing lawyers.
According to PC Bantug, the NLRC Seventh Division has maintained a clean slate of pending case load at the end of each year since 2014.
“Insofar as our vision is concerned, there is, however, so much more to be done in our pursuit of being a quasi-judicial agency deserving of the public’s trust,” expressed the woman Presiding Commissioner.
The Division commits to sustain its up-to-date delivery of case decisions, resolutions and other documents related to the cases-at-hand to the complainant/s, respondent/s or their counsel/s.
To do this, among others, the NLRC Seventh Division is regularly checking on the Post Office to see if these documents are duly delivered.
Aside from this, NLRC vows to eliminate fixers or groups who pose themselves as paralegals but actually take advantage of some hapless clients, who may have just been kicked out of work or have been victims of abusive employers.
Presiding Commissioner Ortiz-Bantug advised the Regional Arbitration Branch (RAB) VII to coordinate with the Public Attorney’s Office for the possible deployment of a government lawyer at the RAB Office to provide legal assistance to aggrieved employees and prevent them from being victims of these so-called “paralegal fixers”.