THE SPIRIT OF BAYANIHAN

When summer is over and rainy days came, I become a seasonal fan of Mr. Nathaniel Cruz or better known as “Mang Tani”, the famous meteorologist of one of the biggest television networks in the country. His renowned “I am Ready!” line stuck in my mind throughout these tumultuous days.

 

The provinces of Bataan, Zambales, and Bulacan have been the unlucky destinations of typhoons nowadays. These provinces made headlines because of the aftermath caused by typhoon or southwest moonsoon or “habagat”.

 

For me, and maybe to all Bataneños, high tides accompanied by torrential rains mean stress, headaches, and hole in our pockets. That also means I have to be ready for heavy lifting of refrigerator, TV, sala set, etc., and sandbagging. To add, no electricity and limited means of transportation.

 

The “I am ready” mantra flew out of the window when the murky water came in to my house. No amount of preparation prepared me to the devastation brought by the weather. I dealt with a weeklong cleaning of the entire house with wrinkled feet and hands. Repairing the damages in the house is another story. The fear and worries never stop until the rain stops, or until the low tides. These became my scenario for the past months.

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RCMB III FACILITATES THE SETTLEMENT OF THREE RFAs

City of San Fernando, Pampanga – Three Requests for Assistance (RFAs) handled by the Branch this month of September were now settled, Director Edgar G. Aquino said.

 

The requesting parties, Messrs. Genesis Pepito and Ricardo Dungca, Ms. Mary Grace Hermoguez, filed RFA against Sky Tube Manufacturing Corp., Walk About Hotel, and Radiant Force Human Resources/Best Choice Packaging, Inc., respectively.

 

Mr. Pepito claimed underpayment of overtime pay, service incentive leave, holiday pay, and illegal dismissal, while Mr. Dungca asked for separation pay. Ms. Hermoguez, on her part, claimed underpayment of wage, overtime pay, night-shift differential, holiday pay, non-payment of cash bond, 13th month pay, and illegal dismissal.

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PETRON BATAAN REFINERY FINALLY RESOLVES LABOR DISPUTE

The labor dispute filed by Bataan Refiners’ Union of the Philippines (BRUP) was settled amicably on September 7, 2018, Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today.

 

The parties’ settlement was facilitated through the combined efforts of Conciliator-Mediators Onofre H. Bautista and Othello B. Tongio, Jr. with the assistance and collaboration of union and management representatives of Petron Bataan Refinery.

 

The Notice of Strike (NOS) was filed by BRUP on April 26, 2018 on account of Unfair Labor Practice, specifically, on provision for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Disciplinary Action Hearing Committee (DAHC) process, claim for overtime meal and transportation allowance during holidays, allotment of locker, issues on turn-around and maintenance work, and wage distortion.

 

The Branch conducted a series of conciliation-mediation conferences to thresh out the parties’ issues and find appropriate solutions to resolve their differences.  They agreed to prioritize the issues which led to the settlement of this NOS.

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RCMB III PROVIDES ASSISTANCE TO RESIGNED WORKERS

San Fernando, Pampanga – Factory workers from Guiguinto, Bulacan benefitted through the SEnA Program as their Request for Assistance was settled in just one sitting, Director Edgar G. Aquino of the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch III announced today.

 

Messrs. Richard Colipano and Mar Colipano, worked for three years and six years, respectively, filed their Request for Assistance on September 5, 2018 due to alleged non-payment of separation pay, and non-remittance of their SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-IBIG premiums.

 

After expressing each party’s sentiments, Conciliator-Mediator Onofre H. Bautista assisted them to resolve the issues raised by providing possible solutions resulting to the parties’ harmonious settlement on September 11, 2018 or six days after its filing.

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UNION AND MANAGEMENT OF A TEXTILE MANUFACTURING IN BULACAN INK CBA

San Fernando, Pampanga – The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch III Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today that the CBA deadlock between the Indophil Acrylic Manufacturing Corporation Workers Union-PTGWO and Indophil Acrylic Manufacturing Corporation was settled harmoniously on August 22, 2018.

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Citing the report from Conciliator-Mediator Onofre H. Bautista, the Union filed a Preventive Mediation on July 30, 2018 on account of bargaining deadlock, specifically, wage increase, paid leaves, night shift differential, compulsory retirement, Christmas package, funeral assistance, shuttle service, hospitalization, waiting time, and miscellaneous provisions.

 

Three consecutive conferences were conducted by the Branch to discuss thoroughly the parties’ respective positions and assist them in weighing possible solutions.

 

The untiring efforts and perseverance of Conciliator-Mediator Onofre H. Bautista has paid off as the deadlock issues between union and management were mutually resolved through peaceful negotiations.

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BOAST, INC. IS BOASTING FOR THEIR NEW SET OF LMC OFFICERS

 

A new set of officers of Boast, Inc. Labor-Management Committee (BILMC) was declared on August 17, 2018. The election aims to give chance to workers who are willing to run and represent their co-workers in the Committee.

 

The Branch’s technical group had the opportunity to witness this event due to Boast’s request for assistance.

 

The election intended for one Co-Chairman and six representatives officially started at 6:00 AM and ended at 2:00 PM.

 

Election paraphernalia, such as, poll precincts, ballot and ballot boxes, and tally sheets were all in order. Even the flow of casting of votes was well-planned.

 

Four party-list from Boses ng Bawat Manggagawa Para sa Patas na Pagtatrabaho (BBMPPP), Boses ng Manggagawa para sa Pantay na Karapatan (BMPK), Karapatan ng Samahang Manggagawa (KaSaMa), and United Boast Employees (UniBE) vied to the position of Co-Chairman and representatives

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RCMB III FACILITATES SPEEDY SETTLEMENT TO TWO OFWs

San Fernando, Pampanga – Director Edgar G. Aquino of the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch III announced today the swift settlement of the Requests for Assistance filed by two Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked as domestic helpers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

 

Ms. Michella Angel Daen, a resident of San Pedro, Bustos, Bulacan, sought the Branch’s help on July 30, 2018 through Conciliator-Mediator Onofre H. Bautista for alleged harassment and claim for financial assistance.

 

After a detailed discussion with the parties, the RFA was settled amicably on August 8, 2018 through the grant of financial assistance to Ms. Daen amounting to Php10,000.00.

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SIMULTANEOUS FACILITATION OF AGREEMENTS OF TWO PREVENTIVE MEDIATION (PM) CASES ON ITS INITIAL CONFERENCE

City of San Fernando, Pampanga – The PM cases filed with the Branch by Sumi Philippines Labor Union and Sumi Philippines Supervisory Labor Union on August 2, 2018 against Sumi Philippines Wiring Systems Corporation were settled on its initial conference, Director Edgar G. Aquino said.

 

Sumi Philippines Labor Union, a certified sole and exclusive bargaining agent of the 1,800 rank-and-file employees, raised issues on account of Unfair Labor Practice, specifically, illegal dismissal of Ms. Joana May Nosadera, violation on agency fee, and forced leave.

 

While, Sumi Philippines Supervisory Labor Union, represents the 104 Supervisors union members, claimed a violation on agency fee and discrimination on granting of overtime and allowances.

 

A joint conference facilitated by Conciliator-Mediators Onofre H. Bautista, and Maribeth N. Gopez was held on August 7 ending the PM cases filed by both unions.

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LEARNING WHILE HAVING FUN, THE RCMB LUZON CLUSTER WAY

Most of the participants to the first RCMB Luzon Cluster Team Enhancement Exercises have traveled so far just to be part of this much awaited activity supported wholeheartedly by the Board’s officials.  Despite of the hassles in the preparations, the Cluster did not hesitate to do their share in pushing through with the said undertaking conducted on July 5-6, 2018 at Dawal Beach Resort and Restaurant, Candelaria, Zambales.

 

They believe that this will not only enhance gender awareness and sensitivity among the participants, but also promote camaraderie and foster a productive work-group environment to generate new learnings that can boost productivity, satisfaction and motivation among the staff and officials.

 

It also aims to sustain a gender-sensitive workforce able to effectively communicate with each other, promote innovativeness, teamwork strategies and friendly competition, and to strengthen positive traits of employees towards work.

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RCMB III’s EFFORT PAVES THE WAY FOR SWIFT SETTLEMENT OF THE LABOR DISPUTE IN A PLASTIC MANUFACTURING

San Fernando, Pampanga – The Preventive Mediation (PM) case filed on July 06, 2018 by the Shuredeal Manufacturing Corporation Workers Union was settled harmoniously and swiftly in its initial conciliation-mediation conference, Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today.

 

Director Aquino acknowledged the initiative and efforts of Conciliator-Mediator Othello B. Tongio, Jr., for facilitating promptly the parties’ settlement on July 09, 2018 or three days after its filing.

 

The union was prompted to file its PM due to unfair labor practice, specifically, violation of labor standards on underpayment of wages, holiday pay, and illegal dismissal.

 

Prior to the filing of the PM case, the union and management sought the assistance of the Branch to facilitate possible settlement.

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