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SEnA yields 43-M money claims in January

Cebu City, Philippines. Over 800 workers benefited in January a total of PHP43,292,185.22 after seeking assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) under its Single Entry Approach (SEnA) program.

Labor and Employment Regional Director, Atty. Johnson G. Cañete said that the monetary benefits were credited to the settled requests for assistance (RFAs) lodged at the different field offices and divisions of the DOLE-7.

Leading the highest amount of monetary benefits awarded to workers is the Tri-City Field Office (TCFO), which registered 459 workers benefiting the settlement amount of over 38 Million Pesos.

Coming in next is the Technical Support Services Division-Labor Relations and Standards (TSSD-LRS), which awarded more than 2 Million Pesos to at least 100 workers.

The provincial field office of Negros Oriental (NOFO), for its part, tallied more than 100 workers awarded with close to 2 Million Pesos settlement amount.

Also, over PHP800,000.00 was awarded to some ninety-six (96) workers, who filed RFAs before the Cebu Provincial Field Office (CPFO).

The Bohol Field Office (BFO), on the other hand, disposed 88 percent of the forty-two (42) RFAs handled in January awarding more than PHP400,000.00 to twenty-eight (28) workers.

Insofar as the Siquijor Field Office (SFO) is concerned, there were six (6) workers, who successfully claimed what’s due them in the amount of PHP68,000.00.

“The concerted efforts of the field offices and the TSSD-LRS became instrumental in the settlement of SEnA RFAs for the whole Region,” said Atty. Cañete.

He lauded the assigned Single Entry Approach Desk Officers (SEADOs), who exhausted all possibilities in order to provide an avenue for both parties arrive at mutually agreed terms. 

“We want our clients or any aggrieved party at that to take full advantage of SEnA, where there is no need to hire for lawyers. Hence, it is inexpensive. We want to raise awareness among our customers that all employer-employee-related concerns disputes would really have to go through this mechanism first before anyone could file formal complaints,” he added.

The SEnA, he said further, had already been institutionalized with the passage of Republic Act No. 10396 or An Act Strengthening Conciliation-Mediation as a Voluntary Mode of Dispute Settlement for all Labor Cases, Amending for the Purpose Article 228 of Presidential Decree No. 44 Otherwise Known as the Labor Code of the Philippines (As Amended).

Apart from the DOLE, other offices also offering SEnA services are the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB-7); Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-7); Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA-7); National Labor Relations Commission-Regional Arbitration Branch (NLRC-RAB-7); and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-7).

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

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2019-02-19
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