The creation of a task force for the “Disposition of Pending Cases at the Department of Labor and Employment” in Western Visayas was approved by labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz recently, DOLE regional director Ponciano Ligutom, said yesterday.
Ligutom said the task force must finish the drafting of the 393 pending cases in Western Visayas in 12 days from Monday until May 3.
He said the 393 cases cover 61 writs of execution, two mediation-arbitration cases, 91 motion for reconsideration, and 239 compliance orders, adding that these are pending cases in the last two to three years.
The task force will have two teams, the national and the regional teams. Composing the national team are mediator-arbiters Jose Ogang, Roy Buenafe and Dax Villaruel as team leader, Ligutom said.
Leading the Mediation-Arbitration and Legal Service Unit of the regional team is Ma. Ailyne Valaquio with Clarisse Emilia and Shera Cayao on the legal assistance division and those in the support services division are Elsie Oñaza, Junifer Masote, and Ma. Lourdes Espejo, he also said.
Ligutom said he had recommended the creation of the task force after seeing numerous pending cases at DOLE, adding that the lawyers are expected to finish not less than five cases per day.
He also said that he is confident that by May 3, all cases have been decided on.
Ligutom said that this is the gift of DOLE to all workers in Western Visayas especially those that have pending labor cases.*LTG