Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday commended the National Labor Relations Commission, headed by Chairman Gerardo C. Nograles, for achieving a record year of settlements, judgments, and benefits that benefited close to 25,000 Filipino workers.
Citing a year-end report of Chairman Nograles, Baldoz said the strategic labor adjudication and arbitration reforms being pursued by the NLRC under its roadmap made the achievements all the more remarkable.
“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 as of 31 October 2013, the NLRC has awarded P2,390,716,454.64 to 24,730 workers through the conciliation-mediation of the Single-Entry Approach (SEnA) and the conciliation-mediation of the compulsory arbitration.
Under the conciliation-mediation of the SEnA, the NLRC settled 4,722 RFAs, benefitting 5,036 workers, with total monetary benefits of P75,857,134.96. Under the conciliation-mediation of the compulsory arbitration, the Commission settled 11,123 cases benefitting 19,694 workers, with total monetary benefits of P2,314,859,319.68.
Nograles said cases decided on the merits before the labor arbiters of the Regional Arbitration Branches (RABs) resulted to an award of P2,832,167,179.75 monetary benefits, benefitting 11,749 workers.
“Of the total judgment awards the RABs awarded P412,400,685.01 to regular (local) cases by settlement and P1,671,273,926.27 through decision on the merits. For OFW cases, the RABs awarded P1,886,008,686.63 through settlement and P1,139,222,860.85 through decision on the merits,” Nograles explained.
At the Commission level, a total of 9,135 workers were awarded benefits reaching P2,130,536,378.27.
“The settlement of cases through SEnA and compulsory arbitration are part of the strategic labor adjudication and arbitration reforms implemented by the NLRC in recognition of the need for speedy disposition of labor cases,” Chairman Nograles said.
As of 31 October 2013 of the 34,626 total cases handled by the RABs, 25,570 or 74 percent were disposed of. In the Commission Proper, of the 11,453 total cases handled, 9,862 or 86 percent are disposed of.
The NLRC Roadmap provides an 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 of 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.
“The NLRC, together with other DOLE agencies, will intensify more its efforts in 2014 to further strengthen labor reform mechanism to achieve an effective and efficient administration of labor justice,” Nograles said.