On its 40th anniversary, Baldoz hails NLRC for transformation in labor dispute resolution

Speaking yesterday at the 40th Foundation Anniversary of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said she is satisfied that the efforts of the quasi-judicial body tasked to adjudicate labor disputes are paying off, particularly in resolving labor issues through the conciliation and mediation of the Single Entry Approach (SEnA) mechanism.

“I congratulate the Commission on this momentous occasion. Your anniversary celebration on the theme, “Hamon ng Kasalukuyan, Tagumpay para sa Kinabukasan NLRC Sama-Sama Tungo sa Serbisyong Ikauunlad ng Bayan”, is an opportunity for reflection on the services we had rendered and to be rendered to the people, in terms of transparency, efficiency, and integrity. Your agency, as lead agency in maintaining industrial peace and promoting labor justice, is founded on the basic aspect of reality that labor justice must prevail in this country,” Baldoz said.

She lauded the NLRC for harking to her call for reforms, which showed results in the NLRC’s performance. As of 30 September, the NLRC, according to Baldoz, has settled 8,603, or 38 percent, of the 22,677 Requests for Assistance (RFA) with a total settlement award of P613.53 million benefiting 7,906 workers as of 30 September 2014.

“The RFA that the NLRC settled through SEnA reflects not only the public’s level of awareness of and confidence on the program, but also their recognition of its effectiveness as  an alternative mode of resolving labor disputes,” said Baldoz in her message during the anniversary celebration held at the NLRC offices at the PPSTA Bldg. in Quezon City.

While commending the NLRC for obtaining last year a 99 percent disposition rate under the Project SpeED (Special and Efficient Delivery of Labor Justice), she also  reminded the officials and staff of the Commission’s commitment to a 100 percent disposition rate within process cycle time (PCT) in 2014.

“It is a challenge on our part to achieve the 100 percent target rate as Project SpED is included in President Benigno S. Aquino III’s 22-Point Labor and Employment Agenda,” Baldoz said.

On enforcement of its judgments, Baldoz took note of the reforms that the NLRC is implementing, such as its amendments of the NLRC Sheriffs’ Manual on Execution of Judgment, monitoring of bonding companies and their surety bonds to address the issue of fake bonds, adoption of a Code of Conduct for Sheriffs, and monitoring oftheir performance.

The NLRC is also regularly consulting with its stakeholders on the aspect of implementation of writs of execution.

“As a result, awards of P1.198 billion and P1.463 billion in 2012 and 2013, respectively, have been satisfied and released to the prevailing parties by virtue of the NLRC’s writs,” Baldoz said, adding:

“Your continuous engagement and dialogues with your stakeholders in terms of improvement in labor adjudication and execution is very important as this is the core of tripartism.”

The labor and employment chief also commended the NLRC for the improved quality of its decisions, saying that the NLRC has maintained affirmance rate of its decisions by the Court of Appealse, reaching 92 percent, and by the Supreme Court, which is at 95 percent.

In her message, Baldoz reiterated the NLRC’s commitments to President Benigno S. Aquino III as contained in its roadmap which include (1) speedy disposition of cases; (b) consistent, predictable, and transparent dispute resolution; (c) eliminate perception of corruption; (d) improve quality decisions; and (e) speedy and effective enforcement of judgments.

“Your commitments in the roadmap will be realized if each and every one of you, regardless of your position, will contribute and cooperate to good governance,” she finally said.

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