DOLE awards P1.05 million in cases settled through SENA

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A March 21, 2011 press release by the Department of Labor and Employment
Cascading down its reforms on labor arbitration and adjudication at the regional level, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. 3 marked the first two months of the year with the resolution of 74 labor cases through the Single Entry Approach (SENA), resulting to an award of P1, 058, 215. 37 in total benefits to 126 affected workers.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, citing a report of DOLE RO3 Regional Director Leopoldo de Jesus, said that the settled cases demonstrated the extensive implementation of the SENA mechanism throughout the seven provinces in the Central Luzon region.
“Through the SENA, the DOLE has provided a nationwide mechanism that leads to the swift, impartial, and inexpensive settlement procedure accessible to all workers. Our two-fold objective of delivering labor justice to workers and ensuring compliance to labor standards among industries is already evident in the regions through the SENA,” Baldoz said.
Out of the settled cases in the region, Bulacan topped the list with 21 resolved cases involving core labor standards violations, followed by the provinces of Zambales and Pampanga with 19 and 18 settled cases, respectively.
The settled cases in Pampanga accrued the highest award of P387, 877.70 benefiting 30 workers.
The labor and employment chief commended the efficacy of the SENA resulting to the speedy resolution of labor issues in the region, an average of only 16 working days.
“We have settled majority of the cases within half of the standard 30-day prescribed period of the SENA mechanism in settling labor dispute cases,” RO3 Director De Jesus added.
Intensifying SENA’s objective for quicker, yet fair and inexpensive proceedings in labor row resolution, De Jesus also cited the enhanced capacity of the Single-Entry Approach Desks
(SEAD) in DOLE RO3 facilitated by trained desk officers and labor inspectors to ensure the speedy settlement of cases filed in the regional office.
“DOLE RO3 will continue to promote sound relationship between employers and workers in Central Luzon through intensifying the implementation of employment preservation mechanisms to preventively settle labor and employment issues before maturing into strikes and work stoppages,” De Jesus stressed.