42 of 52 labor disputes in Zambo resolved via mediation

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 June) – Most labor cases in the city this year have been resolved through settlement between the parties involved, an official said.

Ian Lahi, city officer of the Department of Labor and Employment said 42 of the 52 labor disputes that were filed since January were settled through the Single Entry Approach (SEnA).

Lahi said SEnA is an administrative approach to provide a speedy, impartial, inexpensive and accessible settlement procedure for all issues and complaints arising from employer-employee relations to prevent them from becoming full-blown disputes.

Under the SEnA approach, Lahi said all labor and employment disputes shall undergo a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation process to effect settlement among the contending parties.

He said his office will summon both the complainant (employee) and the respondent (employer) and ask them to resolve the problem within a 30-day period.

He said the remaining 10 labor disputes were elevated to the regional office of the National Labor Relations Commission after the parties failed to reach settlement through the SEnA.

He said majority of the 52 labor disputes recorded by his office involved non-payment and delayed payment of salaries.

Meanwhile, DOLE Regional Officer-in-Charge Sisinio Cano was sworn into office Friday as full-pledged regional director.

President Benigno Aquino III appointed Cano as Director IV effective last May 30.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz administered Cano’s oath at DOLE Central Office.

Cano has served as DOLE regional officer-in-charge since February 5, 2011. He joined DOLE in 2005 and became the assistant regional director in Region 10 prior to his assignment in Region 9. (MindaNews)