5,787 CL work­ers get more than P160-M mone­tary claims from DOLE

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CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO – Some 5,787 work­ers from dif­fer­ent parts of Cen­tral Lu­zon re­ceived P160,726,085.17 mone­tary claims through the De­part­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment’s (DOLEs) Sin­gle En­try Ap­proach (SEnA).

The SEnA’s in­ex­pen­sive de­vel­op­men­tal me­di­a­tion pro­gram of the La­bor De­part­ment aims to speed-up res­o­lu­tion of var­i­ous la­bor dis­putes be­tween work­ers and em­ploy­ers.

DOLE Re­gional Direc­tor Ze­naida An­gara-Campita re­ported to La­bor Sec­re­tary Sil­vestre Bello III that the re­gional la­bor agency’s lat­est SEnA score­card cov­ers as of De­cem­ber 2018

Campita noted that to­tal money claims ac­counted for a 99 per­cent rate in set­tling 2,234 of 2,250 re­quests for as­sis­tance (RFAs) han­dled by the re­gional and field of­fices.

“Of the 2,250 RFAs han­dled, our set­tle­ment rate rep­re­sents the largest share of RFAs set­tled or with­drawn while the re­main­ing 16 RFAs were re­ferred to the Na­tional La­bor Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion (NLRC), thus, trans­lat­ing to a 100 per­cent over­all dis­po­si­tion rate of RFAs han­dled for CY-2018,” Campita ex­plained.

More­over, it only took an av­er­age of 3.8 days to set­tle said mone­tary claims, way ahead of the 30-day stan­dard un­der the SEnA pro­gram.

The re­gional and field of­fices con­tin­ued to im­prove the process cy­cle time in the set­tle­ment of RFAs with some less than a week or even within the day/ hour.

By prov­ince, Campita noted that Bu­la­can recorded the high­est set­tle­ment amount­ing to P79,495,461.78 cov­er­ing 1,068 work­ers, fol­lowed by Pam­panga (in­clud­ing Clark Freeport Zone) with P41,200,617.33 cov­er­ing 2,800 work­ers.

Mean­while, other provinces gar­nered the fol­low­ing set­tle­ments: Tar­lac (P20,421,369.86 – 659 work­ers), Zam­bales (P9,217,425.16 – 545), Bataan (P5,266,274.94 – 412), Nueva Ecija (P3,612,586.56 – 244), and Aurora (P1,469,306.15 – 56).

The re­gional of­fice, through its Tech­ni­cal Sup­port and Ser­vices Di­vi­sion (La­bor Re­la­tions and La­bor Stan­dards) for its part, was able to set­tle mone­tary claims amount­ing to P43,043.39 cov­er­ing 3 work­ers.

The SEnA is a fast yet in­ex­pen­sive sought-after me­di­a­tion venue for la­bor and man­age­ment in re­solv­ing la­bor dis­putes, pre­vent­ing them from ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ex­pen­sive and te­dious lit­i­ga­tion pro­cesses.

To make a SEnA RFA, visit the DOLE Cen­tral Lu­zon’s Of­fi­cial web­site via http:// r o3.dol e.gov.ph/ and click the “Con­tact Us” for the DOLE-3’s hot­line, re­gional and field of­fices’ num­bers.

— Jerry Borja/ DOLE-3 LCO

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