The labor department has sustained a stable industrial climate having resolved cases involving P4.249 billion collective bargaining benefits and other monetary claims covering 83,039 workers in the first 18 months of the Duterte administration.

Citing the report of National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the speedy settlement were made through the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism, which recorded a total of 53,958 resolved cases.

“Alternative dispute resolution is our strategy to ensure speedy delivery of labor justice. We have sustained industrial peace through the fast settlement of labor disputes,” Bello said.

Based on the report, 53,148 labor cases were settled through the Single Entry Approach (SEnA) that yielded P2.149 billion in monetary benefits to 67,815 workers.

Also, a total of 207 cases with notices of strike/lockout (NS/L) were settled with monetary awards to 13,821 workers amounting to P1.915 billion.

On the preventive meditation (PM), 603 resolved cases were recorded with P185.152 million monetary gains to 4,103 workers.

“One of the most significant labor cases we settled was the long drawn labor case involving Rubberworld Philippines Inc., and its workers’ union. After 22 years, both parties agreed to settle their differences through a series of conciliation conferences facilitated by Undersecretary Maglunsod,” Bello said.

Also, some of the companies/employers with high settlement of money claims include Kepco SPC Power Corporation with P130 million monetary benefits to 96 workers; Novartis Health Care Phils., Inc. with P34 million to 137 workers; Capitol Medical Center with P20.52 million to 600 workers; and Pepsi Cola Philippines, Inc. with P13 million monetary benefits to 110 workers.

The labor secretary meanwhile underscored the increased operation of Labor Management Cooperation (LMCs) and Grievance Machineries (GM) in companies that were helpful in resolving disputes through its promotion of good labor-management relations.

“We will continue our efforts to further bolster ADR mechanisms to ensure stable and just climate of industrial peace,” Bello said.

 

END/ Abegail De Vega

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