The labor department has settled P29.9 million worth of monetary benefits to some 1,133 workers through its Preventive Mediation program.

In a report, the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) recorded an 86 percent settlement rate or 177 settled cases.

NCMB said the settled cases from January to May 2018 were resolved within the process cycle time of 29 days.

Preventive mediation is a dispute resolution mechanism to effect settlement of labor disputes to avert work disruptions or strikes.

Under this scheme, the parties can fully ventilate their respective positions without running around with legal technicalities and, in the course thereof, afford them with possible compromise to settle the problem.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III cited NCMB’s consistency in adopting preventive mediation to help sustain a climate of industrial stability in the country.

“The settlement of the preventive mediation cases indicates the effectiveness of our conciliator-mediators in preventing any occurrence of actual labor disputes, which is a great element in sustaining harmony in every workplace,” Bello said.

Aside from preventive mediation, the labor department has also enhanced the operation of Labor Management Cooperations (LMCs) in companies that resulted to immediate settlement of labor disputes between workers and management.

Based on the same NCMB report, 3,077 out of 3,173 or 97 percent of companies with Labor Management Cooperation were not involved in Actual Strike/Lockouts, Notices of Strike/Lockout, and Preventive Mediation or Voluntary Arbitration cases in the month of May.

END/Abegail De Vega

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