The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board in the National Capital Region has settled 16 requests for assistance (RFAs) in July 2013, NCMB Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, who commended RCMB-NCR officer-in-charge Amorsolo V. Aglibut for the accomplishment. Three of the 16 cases were settled in just one meeting.

The RFAs settled in only one conciliation conference and which benefited eight employees involved Breadtalk, Marlyn Lyoyd, and Villa Larosa Corporation, according to Ubaldo in his report.

Ubaldo said that on 4 July, workers Mary Joy Mendoza and Ginalon Basiño requested for assistance from the branch against bakeshop franchise Breadtalk over alleged non-payment of back wages, 13th month pay, and overtime pay, and non-remittance of SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-Ibig contributions and overtime pay. They were assisted by Conciliator-Mediator Estelita S. Bautista.

On 10 July, the complainants received the total amount of P23,863.30 as full satisfaction of their claims.

House painter Joseph Intal also sought the assistance of the branch for alleged non-payment of salary by his employer, Marlyn Lyoyd. He received P1,000 as full satisfaction of his claims in the initial conference, also on 10 July. Intal was assisted by OIC Aglibut.

Rhey Soriao and four other employees of Villa Larosa filed a request for assistance for alleged illegal dismissal, violation of labor standard laws, and non-remittance of SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-Ibig contributions.

In the only conference also on 10 July, Soriao agreed to report back to the company the following day. However, his four colleagues decided to file a case with the NLRC.

Meanwhile, four SEnA RFAs of workers seeking financial relief against Crown Crest Links Inc., Philstar Daily, Inc., Getz Good Tree International Corp., and Tigerland Security and Investigation Agency were amicably resolved in two conciliation meetings.

“The four employees involved in the RFAs received a total of P26,500 as financial assistance from their respective companies,” Ubaldo said.

Earlier, on 9 July, Junffer Buanjug and five other employees of Romago, Inc. received P30,440.94 as full payment of their claims and were issued their individual tax certificates after three conciliation conferences since the filing of their RFAs on 17 June.

The RFA filed by Dianalyn J. Pinazo also needed just three conciliation meetings to get settled. On 10 July 10, Pinazo, who lodged the RFA on 19 June seeking payment of her 15 days’ salary, overtime pay, and the money value of her service incentive leave, received P4,000 as financial assistance from employer Collezione C2 Retail Stores. She was assisted by Conciliator-Mediator Jay Jasper B. Javines.

Conciliator-mediator Estelita S. Bautista also needed three conciliation meetings to resolve the complaint filed by Jose B. Gesmundo, a driver and helper of Blue Dragon Logistics. Gesmundo, who complained of illegal deduction, received P9,000 as financial assistance and a refund of the deductions.

“With its speed, effectiveness, and efficiency, nothing beats SEnA in settling labor issues,” Baldoz observed.
Not only were NCR conciliator-mediators able to settle cases in one, two, or three conciliation meetings. Ubaldo said officer-in-charge Aglibut had reported that the regional branch has also settled a case on the spot, referring to the case settled by Con-Med Edgar G. Aquino involving Complink Marketing Inc. and one of its workers, Sharon L. Salcedo.

On 12 July, according to the record, Salcedo, who was working as a cashier for the company, visited the RCMB-NCR office to seek assistance over the refusal of her former employer to refund her cash bond. On the same date, the RCMB-NCR got the parties to mutually agree on the amount of P11,800 as settlement of Salcedo’s claims.

Also in July, the RCMB-NCR reported the settlement through SEnA of the RFAs involving W.M.D Enterprises; Aleson Shipping Lines, Inc.; and We Enterprises Contractor, Inc.

Gillian Pearl L. Guerrero

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