Posted October 15,2019 19:04:59
In a report dated 19 August 2019 published by the Manila Bulletin, the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) has received a pat on the back from the Commission on Audit (COA), rarely given by the audit agency, for its successful implementation of the Project Speedy and Efficient Delivery of Labor Justice (SpeED) and overshooting its target in the disposition of labor cases.
"I commend my fellow employees on this latest favorable assessment on the implementation of the Project Speedy and Efficient Delivery of Labor Justice (SpeED) and for overshooting our target in the disposition of labor cases. Our utmost gratitude to COA for this recognition. This achievement is a reflection of the commitment to public service and perseverance of the men and women of NLRC," Chairman Gerardo C. Nograles said.
In its compliance audit of labor disputes of all agencies handling labor cases, the COA commended NLRC for high disposition of cases attributed to the Project SpeED strategy.
"The NLRC officials, headed by Chairman Nograles, should also be lauded for requiring each labor arbiter of regional arbitration branches to observe the quota system and imposing sanctions for non-compliance," COA auditors said.
"We recommend that management continue to focus on its good performance for the speedy disposition of labor cases," COA auditors added.
COA rarely offers commendations in its annual audit report, but NLRC's outstanding performance was deemed an exception. State auditors disclosed that at least 45,969 cases were disposed within a nine-month process cycle time (PCT) for Regional Arbitration Branches, and six-month PCT for the Commission Proper. This comprised a 94.26 percent disposition rate that exceeded the agency's 94 percent target under the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
Further, 34,042 cases or 69.80 percent of the 48,770 were disposed within three months, exceeding its 66 percent accomplishment target," the audit report noted. COA added: "On the appealed cases before the Court of Appeals, 98.26 percent of received cases were affirmed by the higher authority, exceeding its 98% percent target.
The NLRC is a quasi-judicial agency tasked to promote and maintain industrial peace by resolving labor and management disputes involving both local and overseas workers through compulsory arbitration and alternative modes of dispute resolution.
END/PPP reports from Ben Rosario of Manila Bulletin