National Conciliation and Mediation Board
Regional Branch No. 5
24 April 2018
The officers and members of the board of trustees of the Labor and Management Industrial Peace Advocates (LAMIPA) – Bicol and the Organization of Grievance Machinery Advocates (OGMA) called a special meeting for the purpose of threshing out the issues raised during the last meeting held at the Hotel St. Ellis, Legazpi City last March 7, 2018.
The special meeting was held on April 20, 2018 at the plant site of Energy Development Corporation (EDC), BacMan Geothermal Business Unit (BGBU), Palayan-Bayan, Manito, Albay. As advocates of Labor and Management Cooperation (LMC) one of the objectives of the meeting is to benchmark the LMC best practices for industrial peace of EDC-BGBU. Before the meeting started, the participants were regaled by the stories and presentations on best practices of the company. There was first an orientation on safety and security. The group was upped on the progress in the community with regards to environmental protection, compliance with government laws on waste management and health standards. They were also warned and made aware of the hazards of hydrogen sulphide, H2S. It can be gleaned that the company boasts of being the largest renewable energy producer in the world with concessions in nearby Southeast Asian nations. Community programs are being practised as regards its sustainability, BINHI program and watershed. Sustainability is promoted as a way of life in safeguarding the community for the future generation that have to be nurtured with the “green” portfolio. “BINHI” program is summed up in the slogan “Let the future take its root.” The four crucial purposes of “TREE” in their program are: (1) Tree for food; (2) Tree for life; (3) Tree for the future; and (4) Tree for leisure.