The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry is spearheading the move to alter conflict resolution in the business community through mediation process.
PCCI President Donald Dee says that instead of filing any case in court, the mediation process will help resolve the dispute of opposing parties. Business leaders have joined together to create the National Center for Mediation, the venue for the process of mediation.
While acknowledging the fact that there are many pending cases filed in court, there are also many cases left unresolved for years.
Developed countries like the United States and Australia have implemented Mediation in many of their government offices. In China, they have set up a Mediation Center to support American investors who are wary about the local justice system.
Prof. Annabelle Abaya, an international mediator, says the public is unaware that similar efforts have been successfully conducted in the Philippines through certain projects that have reaped good results.
There are unpublished results such as the 95 percent settlement rate at the DOJ of civil and selected criminal cases. …