ILIGAN CITY (PIA)–Four store workers here received their due compensation, totaling P800,000, as a result of the successful intervention of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10.
This achievement was made possible through the diligent efforts of the Lanao del Norte Field Office (LDN PFO), which facilitated the request for assistance using the Single-Entry Approach (SEnA) mechanism.
Joseph Nathan J. Fabrega, the Single Entry Approach Desk officer (SEADO), efficiently managed and scheduled the mandatory conciliation-mediation conference involving the four store workers.
The recipients are Ernel Emorecha, Emma Llanes, Strikie Bugtay, and Sherwin Cabuang, who dedicated over six years of service as salespeople.
Bugtay received P300,000, Emorecha (P200,000), Llanes (P200,000), and Cabuang (P100,000). These payments represent their rightful 13th-month pay, overtime pay, holiday pay, and underpayment of wages, minus their store cash advances.
The total sum of P800,000 was promptly disbursed to the four workers following the initial mandatory conference. This swift resolution was achieved through a comprehensive discussion and mutual agreement between both parties.
“Dako ang among pasalamat og kalipay sa serbisyo sa DOLE kay na-settle ug nabayaran mi sa among employer. Pasalamat mi, kaming upat kang OIC-Provincial Director Atty. Safrali ug Sir Nathan sa paspas na serbisyo [We are very grateful and happy for the services of DOLE in settling our claims from our previous employer. We would also like to thank OIC-Provincial Director Atty. Safrali and Sir Nathan for assisting us in our request],” said Llanes
Cabili also highlighted the significance of understanding and adhering to labor standards, which were effectively communicated to both parties during the conference. The department remains steadfast in its commitment to inspecting establishments within the region to ensure the protection of workers’ rights and welfare, Cabili added.
The SEnA program exemplifies the department’s administrative approach to providing a swift, impartial, cost-effective, and accessible settlement procedure for all issues and complaints arising from employer-employee relations, aimed at preventing them from escalating into more serious disputes.
Under this approach, all labor and employment disputes undergo a mandatory 30-day conciliation and mediation process, fostering resolution among the contending parties. (NRM/JNJF/DOLE-10-LDNPFO/PIA- 10/Lanao del Norte) By DOLE Lanao del Norte