Two drivers and a security guard were paid a total of P166,931.36 in separation and other benefits after the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) Central Office, using the Single Entry Approach (SEnA), resolved their separate complaints filed as requests for assistance (RFA), Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday.

 

In his report, Ubaldo said the two drivers, Francisco P. Viray and Manuel P. Cabrera, used to work with MG Pacific Trans Corporation in Marikina City and came to the NCMB-Central Office on 19 March 2015 to seek assistance regarding their complaint for underpayment of wages, non-payment of holiday pay, 13th month pay, service incentive leave, and separation pay.

 

NCMB conciliator-mediator Othello B. Tongio Jr., who attended to their RFA, needed only three conciliation meetings to resolve them.

 

On 13 April 2015, the parties reached an agreement after the complainants accepted the offer of the management. Francisco accepted the amount of P46,889 while Manuel got P65,042.36 as full and complete satisfaction of their claims. Both complainants signed quit claims on the same day as proof of settlement.

 

On the other hand, the complaint of Delfin N. Cabilon, a security guard, was resolved after only three conferences through the effort also of Con-Med Tongio.

 

Cabilon, who was employed by Davao Security Agency, came to the NCMB Central Office on 10 March 2015 to complain about underpayment of wages, non-payment of holiday pay, night-shift differential, service incentive leave, cash bond and separation pay.

 

On 14 April 2015, Cabilon’s complaint was resolved after he accepted management’s offer of P55,000 for his claims.

 

“The fast resolution of the RFA is proof that SEnA works,” Baldoz said.

 

She commended Con-med Tongio Jr. for his efforts in helping the parties find solution to their problems.

 

The SEnA is a reform measure introduced by Labor Secretary Rosalind Dimapilis Baldoz when she assumed office in 2010. The program seeks to simplify the processing of labor cases in the department. Under the program, complaints are processed with conciliation as initial step. If the case is not settled within 30 days, it is elevated to the appropriate office of the department.

 

“The 30-day conciliation-mediation scheme under the SEnA is an inexpensive, accessible, and speedy mechanism to resolve labor issues and conflicts,” Baldoz further added.

 

END/Diadema A. Aguirre

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