Two RCMB5 retirees honoured

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National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

31 January 2018

 

Legazpi City – It was an emotion-filled day for the employees of the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch 5 during the celebration to honour two retirees, Wilson Joson and Rolando Jetajobe.

“It is just fitting to give them honour for the invaluable service they have contributed to this Office,” said Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas.  “Though I am new here in this Branch and I had been with them for a short period of time but still I can see that it is but proper to give them appropriate send-off party to honour the precious times they have rendered in the service for the regional clients and co-workers as well.”

Wilson Joson who just turned 60 this January 1 plans to enjoy his retirement.  He is familiarly called “Sōn” or “Manoy”.

While Rolando Jetajobe, or “Roland” or “Jay” or “RJ” or “Kuya” for most of his co-workers, who is still four years shy of optional retirement age wants to venture into other business opportunities in their home place in Sorsogon City to be nearer his family.

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LAMIPA, OGMA holds first quarter meeting

PRESS RELEASE

National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

31 January 2018

 

Legazpi City – The two social partners of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board Regional Branch 5 (NCMB RB5) jointly held first quarter meeting of officers and board members.  The Labor and Management Industrial Peace Advocates (LAMIPA) and Organization of Grievance Machinery Advocates (OGMA) met to discuss plans and projects for year 2018.  Despite the threat of Mayon Volcano’s ash falls in route to the venue, the meeting was attended by 16 officers representing 10 private companies.

Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas opened the meeting with a reminder for the group to prioritize the registration of OGMA at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) so that they can earn funds for mobilization of their activities.  He also advised to clear all papers with concerned government agencies so that they can facilitate the conduct of seminars and handle the finances of their respective organizations.  He recommended to the participants to create a pool of resource speakers or a speakers’ bureau where they can be tapped as resource persons during seminars or conferences.  In this way, he said, the associations will garner more funds.

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Harmonious relations versus intra-union issue

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National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

31 January 2018 

“Will you sacrifice friendship and harmonious industrial relationship on measly monetary issue?”  This is the initial question NCMB5 Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas posed to the two union presidents of an electric cooperative based in Camarines Sur who came to the office to seek clarification on the issue of paying of union dues or agency fees.

The presidents of the rank-and-file (RAF) and supervisory unions were at loggerheads over the issue on what union will collect the union dues or agency fees from rank-and-file employees who were designated to supervisory positions.

The RAF union president insists that the designations of the 10 RAF employees to a supervisory position are temporary until they are fully pledged to the position by virtue of an office order from the General Manager of the electric cooperative.

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Agreement to resort back to plant-level negotiation settles mediation cases

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National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

29 December 2017

Legazpi City – At first, it looked like the preventive mediation cases filed by the two unions of the Camarines Norte Electric Cooperative (CANORECO) seemed daunting.  It appears that despite the negotiation of the parties for the renewal of their Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs), they did not agree on any single proposal by either party.

Appearing before the branch office, representatives of the two unions, namely CANORECO Rank-and-File Labor Union (CARFLU) and CANORECO Labor Union of Supervisory Employees (CLAUSE), filed a preventive mediation (PM) case on September 13, 2017 on grounds of Bargaining Deadlock on all provisions of their respective CBAs.

“During the initial conference, I was at a quandary where to start with the conciliation considering that there was deadlock in all the provisions of the CBA. Then, in a sudden flash of thought, as if a higher being helped me to arrive at an understanding of the situation, I let the parties combine similar or related provisions and tabled the succeeding meetings for each of the combined topics,” narrated Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas who handled the case.

“The subsequent conciliation meetings proved expeditious, tiring and time consuming on the part of the parties because they were held at the branch office while they travel from Daet, Camarines Norte to Legazpi City, which is a little over four hours of land travel.  And cognizant of these setbacks, I deemed it wise to hold the meetings in the CANORECO Conference Room,” continued Director Foncardas.

“Ditto, it was also tiring and energy-draining on me and my staff.  But in the name of public service, we diligently and patiently travelled to and from the conference venue with the end view of settling the dispute.”

“One by one, the CBA provisions were discussed and several were agreed upon.  Up to some point where the parties stood pat in their positions, it was finally agreed to resort back to plant-level negotiation to further discuss among them the issues remaining unresolved.  In view of these, the PM cases are deemed settled,” Director Foncardas confirmed.

Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Josephine Amaranto said, “The unique way that our director handled the case, led to finally resolving the PM case that I thought will take a long time to settle.  The different technique that Director Foncardas employed in facilitating the conciliation meetings and the agreement to negotiate further at the plant-level led to the settlement.  Some issues have to be further discussed and clarified among the parties, including revisiting of in-house guidelines, while some have to be referred to other government agencies for validation.”

“The total benefits derived from these were P3,074,500 for CARFLU’s 143 employees and P817,000 for CLAUSE 38 members,” SupLEO Amaranto informed.

 

Prepared by:

 

EFLEDA A. HOURANI

Senior LEO/LIO-designate

 

 

APPROVED FOR RELEASE:

 

REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Regional Branch Director

Worker gets benefits despite odds

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National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

29 December 2017

 

Legazpi City – Little did John Cedrick Mabilin expect that he will still get his unpaid salary and 13th month pay from his employer when he came to the regional branch office seeking only clarification of his right as a worker in a refrigeration and airconditioning repair service company.

On 05 December 2017, Mr. Mabilin sought the intervention of the branch through its Single-Entry Approach (SEnA) program to inquire whether he still can get his wage and other benefits despite allegations of breaches in company policies and procedures.

The initial conference with his employer’s representative was set the following day, or December 6.  During the meeting, the company representative explained that they are withholding the wage of Mr. Mabilin pending the result of an on-going investigation regarding the complainant’s policy breach allegation.  Thus he requested for another meeting because he said he will refer first the issue to their Laguna Head Office.

During the succeeding meetings, the company is hard-lined on reasoning that they are still waiting for the decision of their legal counsel.  At some stage during a long-distance call to their head office, it was clarified to them regarding the consequences of withholding wages of workers.  It was explained that doing so is prohibited under the Labor Code and that the payment of wages is separate from all other issues.

With this, or on December 20, after four more meetings and conciliations, the parties finally agreed and informed that Mr. Mabilin received his unpaid salaries for services rendered on November 1-21, 2017 including his 13th month pay.

The case was facilitated by SEADO Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Josephine Amaranto.

Prepared by:                                                             APPROVED FOR RELEASE:

 

EFLEDA A. HOURANI                                            REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Senior LEO/LIO-designate                                     Regional Branch Director