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Construction workers get monetary claims because of SEnA

 

 

Cebu City, Philippines. A group of construction workers last week received their money claims after lodging a request for assistance (RFA) at the Department of Labor and Employment under its Single Entry Approach (SEnA) program, DOLE-7 Regional Director, Atty. Alvin M. Villamor shared this morning. 

Twenty-four (24) construction workers, mostly coming from the southern part of Cebu Province and Negros Oriental, collectively receive PHP524,230.00at the DOLE Regional Office on 11 April, Wednesday. 

The monetary award, according to Ms. Elisa O. Mojana, assigned Single Entry Desk Officer (SEADO) served as payment for separation pay and underpayment of wages of affected workers. 

In less than ten (10) days and after a series of mandatory conferences conducted, both parties successfully arrived at a mutually agreed resolution to the concerns raised. 

The monetary benefits received by each worker, ranged from PHP4,000.00 to as high as PHP42,000.00. 

“We want to raise awareness among our customers, workers or employers, that the Department is promoting the SEnA, as a mechanism to settle disagreements, concerns, and issues in the workplace before they would become full-blown labor disputes,” said Director Villamor. 

Accentuating conciliation-mediation as a tool employed in resolving employer-employee-related concerns under SEnA, the DOLE-7 Head encouraged any aggrieved party to take advantage of the program. 

The conciliation-mediation process as an immediate intervention, he said, is purposely utilized hoping to effect amicable settlement between differing parties. No lawyers needed, he emphasized in a statement. 

“All labor and employment concerns and issues should go though SEnA. That is mandatory and is clearly provided for under Republic Act No. 10396 or the SEnA law. Under this program, we endeavor to provide a speedy, impartial, inexpensive and accessible settlement procedure of all labor issues disputes,” said Director Villamor. 

The common issues lodged under SEnA, he said further, mostly covered termination or suspension of employment issues to claims for any sum of money, regardless of amount as well as non-coverage and non-remittance of social welfare benefits such as SSS, Philhealth, and PAG-IBIG. 

OIC-Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Roy L. Buenafe urged everybody to visit the DOLE office and file for an RFA immediately if they feel aggrieved at work. 

The SEnA rules, according to him, are also applicable for issues involvingintra-union and inter-union issues except petition for certification election after exhaustion of administrative remedies; unfair labor practices; closures, retrenchments, redundancies, temporary lay-offs; OFW cases; occupational safety and health standards issues except those involving imminent danger situation; issues arising from other labor and related issuances (OLRI); any other claims arising from employer-employee relationship; and other cases falling under the administrative and quasi-judicial jurisdiction of all DOLE offices and attached agencies. 

Apart from the DOLE, also accommodating customers who want to avail the program are the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB); National Labor Relations Commission-Regional Arbitration Branch (NLRC-RAB); Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB); Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza 

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarlo-Taniza, 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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2018-04-16
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