National Conciliation and Mediation Board
Regional Branch No. 5
6 April 2018
Legazpi City – When the rank-and-file union president and secretary of the Camarines Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CANORECO) sought the intervention of the Branch office by filing a preventive mediation (PM) case against the electric cooperative little did the Branch personnel know that the case will be solved in just one conciliation meeting.
“I left my report hanging unsure whether to place “settled” or “pending” in the status of case filed in the Branch thinking that with the scheduled conciliation meeting and as experienced before it usually takes several meetings before a case is mutually agreed upon or settled,” narrated Supervising Labor and Employment Officer (SupLEO) Josephine Amaranto when she was in the process of updating her monthly case development monitoring system report. “I was hesitant to tag the case as settled considering that it was just a week after filing it with the office. I was almost sure it would not be settled that early. But there it was, during the initial conference, the parties mutually agreed to the proposals after a short deliberation on it.”