Negros Occidental had the most number of labor disputes in Western Visayas from October last year until last month, records from the Department of Labor and Employment Region 6 showed yesterday.
Of the 435 labor cases filed before the National Labor Relations Commission, 279 came from Negros Occidental, DOLE-6 records also showed.
Only 247 of the cases from Negros Occidental, or about 88.5 percent, have been settled through mediation.
Ninfa Salvacion, one of the Single Entry Assistance Approach Desk officers handling cases in the province, said most of the labor complaints they receive are from agricultural and industrial workers, and from company security guards.
Salvacion, who had the most number of cases among the SEADO's in Western Visayas, said the complaints filed before them are mostly salary-related and for employers' failure to release workers' bonuses.
The provinces of Antique, with 68 labor cases, Iloilo with 32, Aklan with 30 and Capiz with 27, are in the second, third, fourth and fifth places, respectively.
The province of Capiz has the highest settlement rate at 92.6 percent or 25 cases out of 27 filed before NLRC settled, followed by Iloilo with 90.6 percent settlement rate, or 29 out of 32 cases settled.
NLRC Negros Occidental executive labor arbiter Romulo Sumalinog had said earlier that the increase in the number of settled labor cases in the province can be attributed to the implementation of the Single-Entry Approach or SEnA.
Sumalinog said SEnA also allows involved parties to avoid costly and taxing litigations by providing a speedy, impartial, inexpensive and accessible settlement procedure of labor issues or conflicts.*APN