“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” – Proverbs 31:8.

The National Conciliation and Mediation Board, National Capital Region (NCMB-NCR) speak up for the mute and deaf complainants as the board intervened on the issue of illegal dismissal with money claims. This SENA case was held by Conciliator-Mediator Estelita S. Bautista on three different settlement conferences. 

There were in total of 12 employees who seek for the legal assistance from the office, claiming for their last pay, pro-rated 13th month pay and separation pay. There was a little bit challenge for ConMed Bautista to handle the conciliation as her requesting party are all deaf and mute. The two first conciliations, including 5 complainants were successfully settled thru white board-and-marker way of communication.

The last case which were filed by 7 mute and deaf complainants was more challenging, the mere fact that they were able to raise other discrimination issues within their working area. With the use of paper chat and whiteboard-and-marker communication, the conciliation was handled smoothly by ConMed Bautista and arrived in an amicable settlement, paying all the claims the requesting party was asking.

The management representative was able to release all their claims thru UCPB checks. In total of P131, 831.00 for 12 complainants, the settlement amount were all reasonably accepted by them, as full and complete satisfaction of their claims.

Breadtalk Philippines made this employment program for impaired people to give them chance to be productive despite of their disabilities. These people are usually assigned on their warehouses as maintenance and janitorial personnel, delivery drivers and inventory clerks.

These cases have the following SENA docket numbers of: 04-1011-13, 04-1022-13, 05-1236-13, 05-1268-13, 05-1397-13, 06-1425-13, and 06-1473-13.

– AJ Pedro