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RESOLVING A 55-MILLION QUESTION: DOLE LAGUNA ASSISTS IN SEPARATION PAY RELEASE
JUST ANOTHER DAY IN THE OFFICE. Seasoned SENA Desk Officer (SEADO) and Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Nora T. Aguilar witnessing the distribution of separation pay at the DOLE Laguna Provincial Office. 

The Department of Labor and Employment assumes many roles and has its arms full in enforcing the provisions of the Labor Code as amended. This is the reason why Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena constantly reminds DOLE IV-A personnel specifically its labor inspectors to be flexible in dealing with workers and management alike.

For the enforcement of General Labor Standards (GLS), inspectors would look into every document submitted and require proofs of remittances for mandatory social benefits to make sure that every worker enjoys and receives full mandatory monetary and social benefits.

An inspector would walk and look into every cranny and space in a workplace to ensure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) to prevent accidents.

To promote Industrial Peace, the DOLE would act as facilitator and bring all stakeholders together to formulate tripartite agenda and policies not only to initiate harmonious work relations but also promote investments opportunities.

It lends a helping hand through its livelihood programs to displaced workers and parents of child laborers. The livelihood starter kit provides financial stability to families of displaced workers inasmuch as it gives hope to child workers rescued for a better future.

When issues arise from an employee-employer relationship, the DOLE steps in as a mediator for both parties to reach a settlement and put a closure to the dispute through the Single Entry Approach (SENA), a 30-day conciliation-mediation dispute resolution mechanism of the Department.

The national agency also comes in when management seeks assistance in putting an end to an employer-employee relationship in cases of termination of workers.

Such was the case when a manufacturing company of auto parts located in Biñan City, Laguna sought the assistance of DOLE Laguna in handling the termination process of its workers due to redundancy.

DOLE Laguna Provincial Director Guido R. Recio instructed Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Nora T. Aguilar to assist both labor and management reach a settlement through SENA.

A seasoned Single-Entry Approach Desk Officer, Ms. Aguilar put the parties at ease and assisted in the process on 31 May 2019. All 24 employees who were terminated that day were apprised of their rights and voluntarily signed their workers waivers and quitclaims.

Separation pay ranged from Php521,260.27 to Php6,681,620.03 depending on length of service . That day, the company paid the total sum of P55,654,872.25 for the separation pay of 24 employees.

For Supervising LEO Nora Aguilar, it was just another busy day as a DOLE representative. For the employees and management, it was a memorable day of cutting their ties with no regrets and bad feelings. Thanks to DOLE Laguna.

by:

RUDYBOY R. SINAY
Senior LEO/LCO LPO

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2019-07-11
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