Redundant employees get separation pay amounting to P1.09 M, thanks to DOLE and NCMB’s SEnA Through the Single Entry Approach (SEnA) Program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), three employees of the Manila Jockey Club, Inc. had recently received their retirement and separation pay amounting to P1.09 M, National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz. Ubaldo said Lolita G. Lui, Antonietta dela Cruz, and Susana Florentino, members of the MJC Race Day Labor Org-PTGWO were eased out of employment on 07 April 2013 due to redundancy. They subsequently filed a request for assistance (RFA) with the NCMB NCR Regional Office for the immediate release of their separation pay based on the correct computation. They received their separation pay after reaching amicable settlement with representatives of the company through the conciliation efforts of LEO III Teresita Alejan of NCMB NCR. Atty. Jing-jing S. Romero, representative of management, granted the complainants’ separation packages consisting of 100 percent retirement pay, additional 50 percent retirement benefits, monetized conversion of their unused vacation and sick leaves, and 13th month pay. The total separation package reached P1,091,740.58. The three complainants received the first tranche of their separation benefits amounting to P676,387.46 on 10 June 2013. The amount represents 100 percent of their retirement pay. They claimed the rest of their benefits on 01 July 2013. “Maraming salamat sa NCMB NCR, lalo na po sa inyo, Ma’am Tess, dahil mabilis naming nakuha ang nararapat na para sa amin sa tulong ninyo,” Florentino told Alejan after receiving the first portion of their separation package. SEnA, a reform measure instituted by Secretary Baldoz when she assumed office in 2010, seeks to simplify the processing of work-related complaints. NCMB is one of a handful of agencies implementing the program. The program mandates Single Entry Assistance Desk Officers, or SEADOs, to resolve complaints through conciliation-mediation within 30 days. If the complaint is not settled within the period, it is elevated to the appropriate office or agency of the DOLE. END/ Joan Ester O. Mabilangan, RCMB-NCR and William E. Calina

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