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Close to half a Million paid to workers thru DOLE’s SEnA

 

Cebu City, Philippines. Just a day after the first mandatory conference was set, a Cebu City-based company paid today around sixteen (16) workers a total of Php496,887.33 in monetary benefits through the DOLE’s Single Entry Approach (SEnA) program.

In a report to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, Tri-City Field Office (TCFO) Head Emmanuel Y. Ferrer confirmed the payment of such amount through a quit claim and release signed by all sixteen (16) workers affected as well as the witnesses present.

The amount would cover the workers’ payment for their Holiday Pay; Service Incentive Leave (SIL); Overtime Pay; 13th Month Pay; and Separation Pay.

Workers received payments ranging from Php7,000.00 to as high as Php63,000.00.

“Workers decided to resign from work but since both parties reached some mutually accepted terms during the mandatory conferences including the payment of their separation pay, so they were paid by the company,” said Labor Inspector Jamid Laña, the Single Entry Approach Desk Officer (SEADO) assigned.

Director Siaton lauded the TCFO especially Laña for being able to provide a speedy, impartial and accessible settlement of the concerns of the workers.

“Under SEnA actually, issues arising from labor and employment shall be subject to a 30-day period of conciliation-mediation proceedings. But in the case of these workers, it only took barely 2 days for a settlement to surface. So, we are happy of the outcome especially for the workers, who are given what’s due them,” said Director Siaton.

The SEnA, she said, 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 LuchelSenarloTaniza, 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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2019-12-10
SALOME O. SIATON
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