In 1997, Mang Loreto[1] was hired by his employer in Calapan City and worked as mechanic, driver and tractor operator. He also rendered other functions from time to time as assigned.

For over 20 years, Mang Loreto proved his competency at work and loyalty to his employer until sometime in October 2018 when his employment was severed. This caused him sleepless nights, moving him to file a request for assistance to address his complaint of alleged illegal termination against his employer with DOLE Oriental Mindoro Field Office early this year.

During Single Entry Negotiation Approach (SENA) conference, both parties shared their own versions of the story. Clarification by the employer has shed light on the matter – Mang Loreto was not terminated. Later, he admitted failure to report for work as a result of his pre-emptive thought.

Reconciliation highlighted the conference. By way of settlement, the employer offered him either return to work or financial assistance in the amount of PhP50,000. Mang Loreto took the latter for his livelihood venture. More than this monetary benefit, Mang Loreto was released from emotional stress created by the termination issue and exclaimed: “Ngayon, maluwag na ang aking dibdib. Salamat sa DOLE.” (Now I have peace of mind, Thank you DOLE).

Settlement with Mang Loreto in less than 2 hours registered another milestone in the delivery of DOLE OrMin’s conciliation-mediation services.

End/Mari-jo L. Cordova

[1] Full name not disclosed for privacy purposes.