The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch (RCMB) III conducted a Training on Productivity and Approaches in Incentives, Benefits and Wage Determination on March 27, 2019 at The Redd Manor, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.   

It was organized for the third time to enhance the existing mechanism of unionized companies with expired CBAs and introduce new framework in CBA negotiated/wage benefits. 

Also, it is meant to strengthen the promotion of productivity program and boost the morale of workers and management to be productive and innovative towards maintaining stable labor-management relations at the workplace.

Director Edgar G. Aquino gave a welcome remark acknowledging the participants’ efforts in supporting the Branch’s program.

OIC-Executive Director Maria Teresita L. Cancio imparted her initial presentation on Introduction to Productivity.  She encapsulated the learning points about the fables of The Tortoise and Hare, The Fisherman Piping, and The Carpenter, that is, productivity should always be doing the right thing right the first time to avoid wastage, and ensure more and excellent products and services at minimal cost.

“If there is productivity in your company, you could minimize operational cost and maximize the use of its resources, there will be increased in income and profitability, and opportunities for expansion and growth”, OIC-ED Cancio explained.

“While on the workers’ side, they could get higher wages and improved benefits, there is quality work life, and more chances for promotion and professional growth.  The customers will get cheaper quality goods and services”, she said. 

“It can only be achieved by providing good leadership, motivate your workers through recognition/reward, empower your people and remain transparent with your goals.  It is both the responsibility of workers and management, and the fruits must be enjoyed by both”. OIC-ED Cancio added.


As I step-out of the Branch’s service vehicle and being ushered by pretty ladies to our designated table, I felt ecstatic as if I am attending FAMAS (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences) awards night. The function hall in red carpet was well lit. Tables were decorated with fresh and lovely flowers. The stage was meticulously and tastefully designed.

The night of March 27, 2019 was a celebration of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) 6th Annual Stakeholders’ Night held at the GICC Technopark, Function Hall, FAB, Mariveles, Bataan.

For the last five years, AFAB has been giving 6 awards across two categories – the Top Exporter Award, and the Top Employer Award. Starting this year, AFAB will be giving 28 awards across five categories, featuring three new ones – the Top Community Building Champion Award, FABnership Award, and the Exemplary FAB Workers Award.


According to Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, “Success is neither magical or mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.”

On March 13, 2019, the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch No. III (RCMB III) and the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) jointly conducted a one-day seminar entitled “Back to Basics: Pro-Active Programs to Enhance Workplace Relations” held at the AVR-AFAB Bldg., FAB, Mariveles, Bataan.

Its objectives are to refresh and enhance the participants’ knowledge on workers’ statutory monetary benefits or General Labor Standards (GLS), and enrichment of labor-management relations towards maintaining industrial peace at FAB.

A welcome message from Ms. Donia G. Alonzo, CSD Department Manager, AFAB, started the activity. It was followed by a video presentation of AFAB’s 10th year anniversary, showing the birth of Bataan Export Processing Zone in 1972, its rising as the as the country’s first economic zone, its hurdles, and resurgence from labor unrest.

The seminar topics include the Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits and the fundamental programs of the Board – Conciliation-Mediation, Labor Management Cooperation (LMC), Grievance Machinery (GM), Voluntary Arbitration (VA).

Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits was discussed by RCMB III Director Edgar G. Aquino. All attendees actively participated in the game prepared by Dir. Aquino, “Meron o Wala”. A game in which participant’s knowledge about General Labor Standards were tested. All throughout his discussions, participants have been actively participating by asking questions and jotting down notes.

As to the Board’s mandate in promoting bipartite mechanisms and voluntary modes of resolving conflicts in the workplace, Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Rosanna C. Cruz discussed the LMC, followed by GM-VA which was discussed by Conciliator-Mediator Othello B. Tongio, Jr. They both stressed the importance of having a mechanism in place that could help in maintaining harmonious relations in the workplace.

The seminar ended with the topic on Conciliation-Mediation which was discussed by Dir. Aquino.

An open forum gave way to some questions, clarifications, and concerns of the participants.

It was indeed a fruitful day, enriching the knowledge of the 105 attendees from 49 FAB locators, of which 10 are organized while the rest are unorganized.

Receiving a loud applause from the 105 participants, I could say that our time and effort was all worth it.

***Rhoda A. Blanco***


San Fernando, Pampanga – The Notice of Strike (NOS) case filed by FFW-Allied Metals, Inc. Chapter against the Allied Metals, Inc. on February 26, 2019 was settled amicably in just one sitting, Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today.

The NOS was filed on account of collective bargaining deadlock, specifically, on wage increase, signing bonus, mid-year bonus, Christmas bonus, special holiday pay, incentive scheme, wage distortion and union security, and on unfair labor practices due to intimidation and use of union leave.

In the initial conciliation-mediation conference held on March 04, 2019, the union and management agreed to settle their deadlock issues. 

The Agreement includes wage increases starting from first year to second year with P27.00 per day, and on the third year at P26.00 per day.

The productivity incentive scheme shall start after 12 million worth of delivered fabricated units based on monthly production output. 


San Fernando, Pampanga – The Request for Assistance filed by Ms. Linda Carlos on October 10, 2018 against Global Aero Interior, Inc. was settled harmoniously on its second sitting, Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today.


Ms. Linda Carlos, a data encoder, alleged illegal dismissal, non-payment of 13th month pay, service incentive leave (SIL) and payment of full back wages.


After two conciliation-mediation conferences or on October 19, 2018, the requesting party received the amount of Php81,804.16 as full payment of her last salary, pro-rated 13th month pay, unused SIL and separation pay.

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City of San Fernando, Pampanga – A 68 years old utility worker’s claim was settled through the Singe Entry Approach (SEnA) program of the Board, Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today.


Ms. Leonora Arcenia, worked as a utility worker at Bay Spring Resort for 23 years. She filed a Request for Assistance (RFA) on October 1, 2018, demanding for the payment of retirement pay, 13th month pay, and service incentive leave (SIL). She also claimed underpayment of salary, non-payment of SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG premiums.


In the conciliation-mediation conference held on 23 October 2018, she accepted the financial assistance offered of the management amounting to P97,500.00.


She was not given retirement pay since her employer is exempted from the retirement law being categorized as retail and service establishment employing less than 10 workers.

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City of San Fernando, Pampanga – A domestic helper (DH) who worked in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia received a total of P120,000.00 as full settlement of her claims, Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today.


Ms. Regine Mae Carandang sought the help of the Branch on September 24 in behalf of her sick mother, Mrs. Gina A. Carandang, who is still confined at a hospital as of today. The latter who worked as a DH for almost two years is from Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan.


She filed a Request for Assistance (RFA) under the Single Entry Approach (SEnA) program of the Board against TechSearch International Corporation for alleged unpaid salary, non-payment of the unexpired portion of the contract, and payment of medical and financial assistance.


In today’s conference, management representative offered P120,000.00 as full payment of all her claims, including financial assistance to aid for her mother’s hospital expenses.

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Urghhh! The usual three-hour ride from San Fernando, Pampanga to Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija added another hour because we used a “GPS Navigation Software” which pointed us to a short-cut.


It appeared that this “short-cut” is not passable to a 4-wheel vehicle. The road of what seemed to be a trail in a forest, are rough, muddy, and narrow.


We checked our phones and we have no signals too. We became anxious as the forest might be enchanted. Good thing we came across a farmer and he pointed us to the right direction. Another half-hour travel and finally we arrived at our destination. Yehey!


Me and my other colleagues felt relieved stepping out of the vehicle. Finally, we can stretch our aching muscles and joints. We filled our lungs with fresh air as we relish the view of the emerald-colored river filled with bamboo rafts and children taking a dip.

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The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch III personnel joined their fellow civil servants in the national and local government to the 118th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA) celebration by attending the Unified Flag Raising Ceremony on September 3, 2018 at the covered court of the National Economic and Development Authority, Region III, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.


As the premiere human resource institution of Central Luzon, the Civil Service Commission, Regional Office 3 (CSC RO3) spearheaded the 118th PCSA celebration with the theme, “Lingkod Bayan: Maka-Diyos, Makatao, Makabayan.”


Being the host agency, CSC RO3, announced that this year’s activities are meant to remind all public servants of their significant role in exemplifying love for God and country, building a citizen-centric government, and promoting “malasakit” in public service for the Filipino people.


Inspirational messages from CSC RO3 Director Nelson G. Sarmiento and DOST Region III Director Julius Caesar V. Sicat, President of the Central Luzon Association of Regional Officers (CLARO) were delivered to emphasize the importance of integrity and dedication by setting the right example of good leadership and selfless quality service to the public.

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