Updated: Dec 6, 2022
By: April Rose Magpantay
A total of 28 workers of a construction project received their government-mandated compensation 13th-month pay through the Single-Entry Approach (SEnA) Program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), settled at the Batangas Provincial Office (BPO), Lipa City, Batangas, on November 2.
According to records, the requesting parties appealed to claim the just computation and compensation of their 13th-month pay for the period of June to September 2022.
Upon receiving the request for assistance, DOLE BPO’s newly-trained SEnA Desk Officer, Engr. Jenalyn De Chavez assisted the parties from their initial conference last October 12 until they arrived at their settlement agreement and payment of just compensation to the employees.
After thorough validation of payslips and other relevant documents necessary for the final computation of the compensation for employees, the respondent company distributed a total amount of P 78,455.23 for 28 workers.
Engr. Jenalyn De Chavez assists the workers and representatives of the responding company during the payment of the 13th-month pay held at the DOLE Batangas Provincial Office, Lipa City, Batangas, on November 2.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako kasi inasikaso n’ya ng maayos…Salamat po, Ma’am Jena kasi kung hindi n’yo kami inasikaso, wala ring mangyayari sa ilalaban ko…Sa Batangas DOLE, maraming salamat sa tulong n’yo sa amin. Bukod sa akin, sa mga kasamahan ko pa,” a worker said.
For Engr. De Chavez, the resolution of the complaint for the 28 workers meant the success of the department’s mandate of providing speedy, inexpensive, and accessible settlement.
“Fullfiling bilang isang bagong Hearing Officer/ SEADO na maging isang parte o instrumento sa maayos at matagumpay na usapan sa pagitan ng employer at employee na maibigay ang karampatang prorated 13th month pay para sa ikaaayos ng kanilang kasunduan alinsunod sa Labor Code of the Philippines,” Engr. De Chavez, shared.
Workers of a construction project received their government-mandated compensation 13th-month pay through the Single-Entry Approach (SEnA) Program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), settled at the DOLE BPO.
SEnA is pursuant to Department Order No. 107-10 series of 2010 which aims to provide mandatory conciliation-mediation in all regional offices to settle conflicts and issues before turning into labor disputes.