RCMB III FACILITATES THE SETTLEMENT OF RFAs IN A MOTORCYCLE DEALER and TRADING COMPANY

The two (2) Request for Assistance (RFA) filed on October 27 & November 7, 2017, involving a motorcycle dealer and a trading company were settled on November 17 & 27, 2017, respectively, Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today.

Mr. Vincent Demecillo, a motor mechanic, from Malaria Tala, Caloocan City filed his RFA against Racal Motor Sales Corporation on grounds of underpayment of wages, illegal deduction of cash bond, and tax refund.

He received the refund of his cash bond in the amount of P28,709.12, and wage differential payment covering the period 2014 – 2016 amounting to P8,824.00 on December 4, 2017 at the RCMB III Office, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Mr. Crisencio Galvez of Northville, Calulut, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, on the other hand, a company helper of Genesis Construction Supply Company requested to recover his money claims due to illegal dismissal.

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CO-CONCILIATION PROVES EFFECTIVE IN SETTLING LABOR DISPUTE IN A BEVERAGE COMPANY

Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today the settlement of the Preventive Mediation (PM) case filed by San Fernando Coca-Cola Rank and File Union – Federation and Cooperation of Cola, Beverage and All Industry Union (SACORU-FCCU) against the Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, Inc.

The filing of PM case on September 11, 2017 on grounds of Unfair Labor Practices, particularly, illegal suspension, violation of due process, grave abuse of authority and discretion, and violation of CBA was resolved judiciously without materializing into a Notice of Strike.

Director Aquino expressed his great appreciation to Conciliator-Mediators Maribeth N. Gopez and Othello B. Tongio, Jr. for their collective efforts extended to resolve the parties’ differences leading to the resolution of the labor dispute on November 27, 2017.

The management’s sincere support and union’s commitment to industrial peace contributed significantly to think of viable solutions.

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RCMB III – A FRIEND OF THE FOREST

Every activity has a purpose, and every goal has a commitment.

The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch III headed by Director Edgar G. Aquino desire in going back to Paradise Ranch, San Vicente, Tarlac on November 8, 2017 was not merely to comply with the Branch’s 2017 Green Our DOLE Program, but to encourage everyone to protect mother nature and keep our planet a great place to live in for humans and all living things.

The Branch staff in partnership with Paradise Ranch planted 40 mahogany trees with a signage under the name of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board installed to acknowledge us as friend of the forest.

As partners, these trees shall be taken cared of and will contribute greatly to the restoration of the environment in that area.

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INTERNATIONAL WIRING SYSTEMS PHILS. CORP. (IWSP) BAGS SPECIAL AWARD IN INNOVATIVE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

The 11th National Convention on Labor-Management Cooperation was held on November 23-24, 2017 at the Grand Convention Center of Cebu, Archbishop Reyes, Brgy. Luz, Cebu City.

 

The convention is jointly organized by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) and by the Philippine League of Labor-Management Cooperation Practitioners, Inc. (PHILAMCOP) every after 2 years, and this year’s theme was “LMC: Levelling-up Through Change and Innovation.”

 

The event was also the time for the prestigious 2017 National Awarding of the Outstanding Labor-Management Cooperation (LMC) and Grievance Machinery (GM) for Industrial Peace, for both organized and unorganized companies. Continue reading

ATTAINING PRODUCTIVITY AND INDUSTRIAL PEACE THROUGH STRONG PARTNERSHIP WITH CLAMP

The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch III in partnership with the Central Luzon Association of Labor Management Cooperation Practitioners (CLAMP), Inc. spearheaded the 2017 Regional Convention with learning sessions on the newest DOLE programs and issuances, productivity, and labor relations laws and jurisprudence held on October 19, 2017 at dj Paradise Resort, Inc., Dakila, Malolos, Bulacan.

CLAMP President Rosemarie M. Manota acknowledged the Branch’s unwavering efforts in assisting CLAMP to its commitment in providing workers and management new learnings and information beneficial to them in the performance of their duties and responsibilities.

Labor Employment Officer III Melanie L. Nario discussed the revised guidelines in the implementation of Department Order No. 173-17 or DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

“It seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce vulnerability to risk the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers by way of transitional emergency employment, and promotion of livelihood and entrepreneurship”, she explained.

Senior Labor and Employment Officer Fernando C. Mallari IV imparted Guidelines in the Conduct of Voluntary Regularization of Employees or Labor Advisory No. 6, Series of 2017, specifically, the steps to be observed in complying with the said advisory starting from receipt of letter on voluntary commitment, conduct of joint assessment, preparation of  voluntary commitment plan, approval or disapproval of VCP up to issuance of compliance order.

Senior Labor and Employment Officer Edward O. Sayre stressed the purpose and coverage of Department Order No. 178, Series of 2017 or Safety and Health Measures for Workers Who by The Nature of Their Work Have to Stand at Work is to institute appropriate control measures to address the risks to safety and health of workers while standing at  work or  frequently  walking.

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RCMB III FACILITATES THE SETTLEMENT OF PREVENTIVE MEDIATION CASE IN A FOOD MANUFACTURER

Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today the successful settlement of the Preventive Mediation (PM) case filed by the Kilusang Manggagawang Makabayan Komeya Food Product Chapter against Komeya Food Product Corporation.

 

The union filed Preventive Mediation on October 18, 2017 on grounds of Unfair Labor Practice (ULP), particularly, issues on harassment/dicrimination, non-payment of overtime pay, and illegal dismissal of 10 workers.

 

Citing a report of Conciliator-Mediator Othello B. Tongio, Jr., union officers manifested that some management staff were pressuring the affected workers to withdraw the case filed before the NLRC-RABIII and forcing them to prevent union formation.

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RCMB III FACILITATES SETTLEMENT OF LABOR DISPUTE AT CDC

The Notice of Strike (NOS) filed by the Association of CDC Employees (ACCES) against Clark Development Corporation (CDC) was settled on November 9, 2017, Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today.

 

The NOS was filed on October 6, 2017 on grounds of ULP, specifically, gross violation on overtime pay and holiday pay on selected division, job security, particularly, on vacancies, hiring preferences, and promotion, union busting, and non-implementation of mutually agreed provisions of the CBA.

 

The labor dispute was facilitated by Director Aquino and Conciliator-Mediator Maribeth N. Gopez, with the assistance of DOLE-RO3 Director Ana C. Dione.

 

Through the efforts and support of top management led by CDC President/Chief Executive Officer Noel F. Manankil, the dilemma in resolving the union’s plight was resolved harmoniously.

 

CDC and ACCES agreed that overtime shall be extended/allowed to employees subject to prior approval by the Vice-President and not to exceed 50% of annual basic salary of employee per COA rules.

 

The holiday pay for September 8, 2017 will be paid through a Compensatory Time-Off (CTO) while work done due to suspension of work declaration shall be considered extended CTO.  Regular and special holidays shall be paid in accordance with the law.

 

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RCMB III Conducts Its Annual AWS in SBMA

The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch III in partnership with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Labor Department spearheaded a one-day Area-wide Seminar (AWS) on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) with Discussions on DOLE Programs and Issuances on October 05, 2017 at Subic Bay Travelers Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City.

 

It was the fourth area-wide seminar conducted for 2017.  The said activity focused on Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms, Family Welfare Program (FWP) & the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), and other latest DOLE issuances.

 

Atty. Severo C. Pastor Jr., SBMA Labor Department Manager, welcomed and acknowledged the participants for their unending support to all activities initiated by RCMB III and SBMA.

 

He recognized the Branch’s continuous assistance to SBMA and quoted that, “The RCMB III is always ready to help us in providing orientation seminars for the enhancement of labor-management relations and productivity at the workplace.”

 

Atty. Pastor emphasized the relevance of the training, saying that imparting with the participants the proper skills and knowledge during negotiations will equip them to use the method in resolving their issues and concerns appropriately.

 

He concluded that good coordination and commitment between the two agencies will lead them toward achieving their common goal which is for the betterment of labor and management.

 

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RCMB III AND AFAB COLLABORATE IN A SUCCESSFUL AREA-WIDE SEMINAR

The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch III in partnership with the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan successfully conducted a one-day seminar entitled “Seminar on DOLE Convergence of Programs towards a Productive Workplace” held on October 13, 2017 at the Audio-Visual Room of AFAB, Mariveles, Bataan.

 

The activity is part of the Branch’s continuing services to educate the stakeholders on the intricacies of labor-management relations towards the maintenance of industrial peace at the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB), and it is also in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between RCMB III and AFAB signed last April 3, 2017.

 

Among the topics discussed are the programs of DOLE, such as, Family Welfare Program, and DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), which was shared by Ms. Ma. Gina G. Agustin, Senior Labor and Employment Officer-LLCO, and Ms. Leilani M. Reynoso, Bataan Provincial Head, respectively.

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NANYANG, MERLION, AND ME

It’s been a year, and I remembered it clearly, my stomach flipped and my heart pounded uncontrollably as I read the Memorandum from DOLE Central Office with my name on it. I will be one of the participants to attend the 3-week Capacity Building Program on Productivity (Specialist’s Programme) which will be held in Singapore from October 9 to 29, 2016.

 

I was a bit anxious, yet excited. Aside from it would be my first international travel, there were no relatives nor co-employees in Region III to tagged along.

 

But all my worries soon disappeared as I stepped in the shiny floor, beautiful, and clean Changi International Airport, and be welcomed by a pleasant looking, jolly, and very accommodating Mr. Hee Peng Liang. We all fondly called him Mr. Hee.

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