Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz enjoined the National Labor Relations Commission to press on with their reforms by attaining a ‘zero-corruption record’ and by making an impact in the lives of smallest workers through the judicious implementation of their five-pillar anti-corruption roadmap.
Speaking at the 41st Founding Anniversary of the NLRC, Secretary Baldoz recalled the defining chapter of the Commission when it crafted five years ago its five-pillar roadmap, which calls for speedy, fair, accessible, inexpensive and effective dispute settlement or resolution; consistent, predictable, and transparent dispute resolution; elimination of perception of corruption; improvement of quality of decisions; and maintaining industrial peace through speedy and efficient enforcement of judgment.
“Five years henceforth, we have succeeded in reforming the NLRC. We have been receiving favorable feedback from the unions and employees, be it in the maritime, or in foreign chambers of commerce, commending your fast resolution of cases. According to them, the resolution of cases would normally take 2 to 4 years. Now, it has considerably shortened to only 9 to 12 months. And I support your goal to further reduce it to 6 months,” Baldoz said as she addressed the NLRC workforce headed by Chairman Gerardo Nograles.
Baldoz also congratulated the NLRC for its efforts to resolve labor issues through the Single-Entry Approach (SEnA) by setting, as of 30 September 2015, a record of 9,444, or 45 percent of 21,153 Request for Assistance (RFAs) settled, and with a total settlement award of P321.62 million, and which further benefited 7,651 workers.
“The RFAs settled through SEnA reflect not only our public’s level of awareness of the program but also their recognition of its effectiveness as an alternative mode of resolving labor dispute,” she added.
The Secretary also lauded the NLRC’s 98 percent disposition rate or 40,060 cases disposed of in the last year’s Project SpeED 6, or Speedy and Efficient Delivery of Labor Justice.
“Our commitment for this year’s Project SpeED is 100 percent disposition rate within the Process Cycle Time (PCT). It is a challenge on our part to achieve this 100 percent target, as this project on speedy resolution of labor cases is one of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s 22-Point Agenda in the Labor and Employment Plan (LEP).
Baldoz also took note of the reforms being implemented by the NLRC, such as the amendments of its Sheriffs’ Manual on Execution of Judgment; monitoring of bonding companies and their surety bonds to address the issue of fake bonds; adoption of Code of Conduct for Sheriffs, creation of additional plantilla positions for Sheriffs; and regular consultation with the stakeholders on the implementation of writs of execution.
“Because of this reform, as of September 2015, P1.746 billion was already satisfied and released to the prevailing party by virtue of the writs of execution,” Baldoz said.
Baldoz also encouraged the NLRC to set a target of 100 percent satisfaction rate of awards or zero case of ‘paper victories’ with the creation of additional 33 plantilla positions of sheriff, which is the first to happen since the creation of the NLRC.
Moreover, the NLRC’s efficient enforcement of judgement recorded an affirmance rate of decision of 93 percent by the Court of Appeals, and 90 percent by the Supreme Court.
Baldoz also urged the NLRC, who received its ISO 9001:2008 certification, to set a zero corruption record. “With the additional hiring and appointment of 73 new Labor Arbiters and 10 Commissioners who passed through the strict standards of competence and integrity, we now have critical mass of arbiters and commissioners needed to carry out efficient and effective labor justice system, the Secretary said.
“To the entire NLRC, both at the Commission and at the regional levels, I hope you continue making a difference as vanguards of inclusive labor justice system in the country. Work together as a team. There is no other way for the NLRC but to go up, because you have reached this far, and everybody is seeing a positive change,” Baldoz said.
The National Labor Relations Commission marks its 41st founding anniversary as a quasi-judicial body that is tasked 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. The NLRC also observes its Labor Relations Week this 3-6 November 2016, with the theme “Nurturing Labor Relations Consciousness: Ugnayang Paggawa Ating Paunlarin, Upang Progresibong Kinabukasan ay Ating Marating.”