Labor Relations Commission opens Bukidnon satellite office

The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) opened its first-ever Local Government Unit (LGU)-coordinated satellite office in the country here in Bukidnon on March 18, 2021.

Attended by NLRC commissioners, labor arbiters and representatives of the Department of Labor and Employment, the opening of the new office was held at the 2nd Floor of the national and provincial offices building (old hospital building), Capitol Compound, Malaybalay City.

Bukidnon Administrator Atty. Jay S. Albarece represented Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri jr. during the ribbon cutting and soft opening ceremony.

Albarece, a former board member, authored a resolution requesting NLRC National to set up an office in Bukidnon. Zubiri, in his capacity as governor, supported the move.

NLRC Bukidnon is ready and open to receive complaints related to labor or
wages cases.

“Almost all the main functions of the NLRC can now be handled by the satellite office such as filing or request for Single Entry Approach (SEnA), assistance under SEnA, filling of NLRC complaint, conduct of SEnA mediation, conference, conduct of mandatory conference, raffle of labor arbiters, hearing, decision, conduct of appeal, execution if required and others,” an NLRC rep said.

Complaints from Bukidnon will be settled here. We will also accept complaints from nearby provinces, the rep added.

NLRC Bukidnon is open every Thursday and Friday with 2 employees on rotation duty.

The satellite office is said to be of great help for the people of Bukidnon who have labor-related problems against the companies they work with because they will no longer be going to the NLRC regional office in Cagayan de Oro City to file the complaint.

In this time of the pandemic, it is expected that most of the complaints are about business closure, suspension of work, retrenchment, floating status of the employees, separation pay, rotation work schedule, forced leave, work labor standards, minimum wages, according to NLRC.

For the past 3 years, the number of SEnA requests for assistance directly filed to the regional NLRC office by clients from Bukidnon totaled 488. Meanwhile, 470 cases filed before the NLRC regional office were for compulsory arbitration.

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