Private respondent was employed by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center – Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC) until he was terminated due to the organization experiencing financial constraints and was assured to receive separation benefits. He filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) against SEAFDEC for the latter’s failure to pay separation pay.
Whether or not NLRC has jurisdiction to hear and decide given SEAFDEC’s immunity from suit.
NO. Being an intergovernmental organization, SEAFDEC enjoys functional independence and freedom form control of the State in whose territory its office is located.