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DOLE settles 563
cases in 2010

Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said in a DOLE press release that the fair and speedy resolution of 563 labor cases in 2010 resulted to the payment of over P3.2 billion in monetary benefits for 35,513 workers nationwide.

Baldoz said, the resolution of these cases reflects the DOLE's pursuit the Aquino administration’s goal to reinvigorate labor and employment in the country, strengthen workers welfare and protection, ensure the integrity of the country's labor arbitration system, and sustain industrial peace.

Labor Undersecretary for Labor Relations Hans Leo Cacdac said the case settlements were achieved by the DOLE's National Conciliation and Mediation Board through the responses of its conciliator-mediators to maintain industrial peace.

In his report, Cacdac said that the case resolutions resulted to an average of P90,382.39 in benefits per worker or a total of P3,209,749,742.89 for the 35,513 workers involved in the 563 cases.

"Mostly local workers benefited from the settlement," said Cacdac, adding:

Baldoz noted that these successful mediation-conciliation efforts to settle the conflicts "prevented the occurrence of industrially debilitating strikes and enhanced industrial harmony and productivity among the affected labor and management parties."

The 563 cases disposed by the NCMB conciliator-mediators last year covered 94 notices of strike/lockout, 55 preventive mediation cases, three actual strikes, 358 Free Legal and Voluntary Arbitration Services cases, 24 notices to arbitrate, and 29 voluntary arbitration cases, the press release said.

Baldoz said that the resolution of the 94 notices of strike helped dramatically in reducing the strike incidence nationwide to only eight in 2010.

The strike notices settled involved 56 CBA deadlocks, the settlement of which resulted to monetary benefits of P1,463,759,003.00 for 10,769 workers; as well as 38 separation pay and other benefits cases resulting in P65,855,386.00 benefits for 2,864 workers, the press release said.*

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DOLE settles 563 cases in 2010