Edison J. Antonio was reinstated to his job after the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board-National Capital Region facilitated the settlement of the Single Entry Approach (SeNA) case he filed against his employer.

 

Antonio, a sales utility clerk, filed a complaint against his employer, Ace Express and Ace Hardware Phils., for alleged illegal dismissal and non-remittance of monetary statutory benefits on December 7, 2016.

 

RCMB-NCR Director Teresita E. Audea facilitated his reinstatement after he was offered to return to work under the same terms and conditions of his contract.

 

According to NCMB Executive Director Shirley Pascual, Antonio’s case was one of the 352 RFA settled filed at the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) and its regional offices for January 2017.

 

The 352 RFA was from the 1,222 RFA handled by the said office for a 29 percent settlement rate. It resulted to P6.9 million in monetary benefits benefitting 416 workers. Of the 352 settled RFA, 287 were settled within the process cycle time of 30 days. The average settlement rate is 20 days.

 

Pascual also reported that no strikes and lockout were declared during the said period. One work stoppage was amicably settled while five work stoppages are still subject of an on-going conciliation-mediation.

 

A total of 53 notice of strike/lockout cases were handled during the first month of 2017. Of the said cases, 16 were new while 37 were pending cases spilled over from last year.

 

Of the 53 cases, 19 were settled for a settlement rate of 36 percent resulting to P87.9 million in monetary package which benefitted 1,512 workers.

 

There were 101 preventive mediation cases handled by the NCMB. Of the said cases, 46 were settled for a 46 percent settlement rate resulting to P661,565 monetary package to 330 workers. The average duration of settlement is 36 days.

 

Pascual also reported that there were two Labor Management Cooperation programs which were enhanced by the Department through the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), and Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC).

 

There were seven grievance machineries institutionalized. Of which, six were from unorganized establishments. As of January 2017, there is a total of 3,341 active grievance machineries nationwide.

 

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