BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Bataan workers have so far received more than P 3.4 million (P3,464,1476.26 – 621) monetary claims from the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Single Entry Approach (SEnA).
Jerry Borja, information officer of DOLE Region 3, reported that as of July, some 3,670 workers from Central Luzon have received P159,018,420.04 monetary claims through SEnA. He added that this is DOLE Central Luzon’s first semester SEnA scorecard for the year reported by DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione to Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
Dione said that the total money claims represent a 98 percent rate in the settlement of 873 of 888 requests for assistance (RFAs) handled by the regional and field offices. “Our settlement rate represents the biggest chunk of the 888 RFAs received and disposed by this office, achieving a 100 percent overall disposition rate for the 1st semester,” Dione explained.
The settlement rate, for the period in review, is also higher by 4 percentage points from last year’s rate in settling 784 of 834 RFAs handled by the regional office. “Just like the previous years, the DOLE regional and field offices in Central Luzon continue to provide an avenue for labor and management to settle their differences the inexpensive and fastest way through the SEnA. It is always a privilege for us to be able to achieve a win-win solution for both sides, preventing their issues from further escalating into full blown labor cases,” Dione said.
In other Region 3 provinces, monetary claims paid to workers are as follows: Pampanga (P104,027,011.56 – 683 workers), Nueva Ecija (P21,588,292.33 – 1,351), Tarlac (P19,723,045.35 – 250), Bulacan (P7,705,422.01 – 560), Zambales (P2,435,482.64 – 192), and Aurora, (P56,714.92 – 11).
The regional office also settled monetary claims amounting to P18,274.97 benefiting 2 workers.
Strategic efforts of the regional and field offices were able to settle RFAs with least amount of time, some less than a week or even at times within the day/hour.
The SEnA continues to maintain its reputation as a speedy and inexpensive means in resolving labor disputes, it is a breakthrough reform in dispute settlement.