PWD bus driver gets more than P500,000 separation pay
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Bus driver Emilio Serrano was a happy man after receiving his P570,008.27 separation pay through the help of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (Dole) Single Entry Approach.
Also dubbed “SEnA,” the Single Entry Approach is an inexpensive flagship program of the Department which speeds up the resolution of labor disputes between labor and management. Serrano, a bus driver of Baliwag Transit Inc. for 23 years, was no longer fit to work after suffering from a heart attack that left him paralyzed. DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that it only took less than a week to address Serrano’s request for assistance (RFA). “The beauty of mediation, through the SEnA, provided a win – win solution for both Mr. Serrano and the bus company he worked for. Now, he will be able to use his separation pay for his medical needs and for other productive means like venturing into a small business,” Dione said.
DOLE Pampanga Field Office head Arlene Tolentino added that the management of the Bulacan-based bus liner was more than willing to resolve their labor issues with Serrano. “We are acknowledging the bus company’s cooperation and eagerness to allow us to help them and Mr. Serrano address their differences. Truly, the SEnA is an avenue in resolving any misunderstandings between employers and their workers,” Tolentino said. Sr. Labor and Employment Officer Perlani Aquino, the SEnA Desk Officer who mediated both parties, facilitated the conference and release of Serrano’s separation pay. Serrano’s wife Edna, who appeared during the conference on his behalf, personally received the separation pay from the company’s representative.
“Lubos na nagpapasalamat po kami sa pag-antabay ng DOLE sa amin nung humingi po kami ng tulong upang makuha namin ang separation pay ng aking asawa. Salamat din po sa management ng kumpanyang pinagsilbihan niya ng mahigit na 23 na taon at naayos din namin ang anu mang hindi naming pagkakaunawaan,” Edna said. “Ngayon, mas matutustusan ko na po ang agarang paggagamutan ng aking asawa at makakapag-simula na po uli kami sa maliit na pangkabuhayan para sa aming pamilya,” she added. As of October, some 3,792 workers from different parts of Central Luzon have received their money claims amounting to P47,209,278.87 through the DOLE’s SEnA. (PR)