Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday commended the National Labor Relations Commission, headed by Chairman Gerardo C. Nograles, for chalking up a record of P7.486 billion in judgement awards that benefited 45,839 Filipino workers in 2014.
Citing a report of Chairman Nograles, Secretary Baldoz said the strategic labor adjudication and arbitration reforms being pursued by the NLRC under its roadmap strengthened the NLRC’s labor arbitration mechanism resulting to an effective and efficient administration of labor justice.
“A hallmark of the NLRC roadmap is the speedy disposition of labor cases which is the heart of labor justice,” said Baldoz.
Chairman Nograles, in his report said that in 2014, the NLRC has awarded P7.486 billion to 45,839 workers through the conciliation-mediation mechanism of the Single-Entry Approach (SEnA).
Of the said amount, P2.616 billion was awarded through settlement which benefitted 22,356 workers. About P2.546 billion was awarded through decision on the merits benefitting 14,143 workers. At the Commission proper, P2.324 billion was awarded through settlement benefitting a total of 9,070 workers.
Workers’ claims were for non-payment of back wages, 13th month pay, separation pay, and other monetary claims and benefits.
Chairman Nograles also cited the implementation of the NLRC’s Double-Barreled/ Two Cycle Conciliation-Mediation Program which is aimed at providing venues for settlement of all labor disputes. Through the said mechanism, the Commission was able to dispose a total of 62,778 labor disputes. Of this, 24,647 or 39 percent were disposed through settlement.
“In case the labor disputes are not resolved through conciliation-mediatiion, the NLRC, under the Project Speedy and Efficient Delivery of Labor Justice (SpeED) decides the case on the merits within the process cycle time,” Nograles said, adding that under Project SpeED, the NLRC was able to dispose 99 percent of its target.
The NLRC Roadmap provides innovative policies and practices, such as (a) shortening the adjudication process cycle in the Regional Arbitration Branches (RABs) and Commission proper; (b) posting of status and text decisions in the NLRC website; (c) installation of e-raffling of cases; (d) adoption of dual-detection of corruption (i.e.pro-active and re-active mechanisms); (e) adoption of integrity-testing and mandatory reporting methods; (f) adoption of template format of decisions; (g) monitoring of affirmance and reversal of decisions to the higher court; (h) strict monitoring of execution of judgment; (i) regular dialogue with stakeholders; (j) continuous review of the 2011 NLRC Rules of Procedure and the 2012 NLRC Manual on Execution of Judgment; and (k) strict monitoring and observance of an acceptable level of performance for Commissioners and Labor Arbiters.