National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

28 February 2018


Legazpi City – With the facsimile message received from the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch – National Capital Region (NCR) on the Notice of Strike (NOS) filed by The Redsystems Company, Inc. Employees Association – Federation of Free Workers (TRCIEA-FFW), the once relaxed employees of Regional Branch 5 was jolted into action to comply with the request of the union to let the NCMB personnel witness the Strike Vote Balloting conducted on February 23, 2018.

The activity was initiated at the various distribution centers of Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines nationwide scheduled from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

“For Region V, there were four sites identified where the Strike Vote will be conducted,” informed Supervising Labor and Employment Officer (SupLEO) Josephine Amaranto who was designated as Officer In-Charge at that time since Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas attended a seminar on Omnibus Rules on Appointment and 201 Files Records Keeping in Quezon City.  “We have 17 registered voters in the Legazpi Distribution Center, 26 in Naga City and 5 in Daet, Camarines Norte.”


“We have to maximize the meagre number of personnel we have at that time to be able to cover all the areas in Region 5,” continued SupLEO Amaranto.  “We distributed the assignment between us in the Technical Unit with the Senior LEO and included our Administrative Officer IV to assist us in the requested task.

“However, for Masbate area, we were not able to send a representative because we lacked personnel.  There were only three of us who can be physically present to witness the conduct of the secret balloting,” explained SupLEO Amaranto.  “In the records of Coca-Cola FEMSA, the Masbate Distribution Center is included in the Visayas Cluster.”

“We also sought the assistance of the Masbate Provincial Field Office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office V, whom we requested to assist us in witnessing the conduct of the referendum in their area of jurisdiction, but we were informed that there was also no available personnel to do the job.  All of the regular staff are in the field on official duties.”

“Though there was not enough time to prepare for the not so usual request, we immediately converged ourselves and sat down for a meeting to discuss our plans and map out strategies for the conduct of the activity.  Senior LEO Efleda Hourani was deployed to Daet Distribution Center at Pamorangon, Camarines Norte.  AO4 Hazel Caroche was assigned at Legazpi DC at Binanuahan, Legazpi City while I took charge of the area in Naga City, Camarines Sur.”

“It was a short notice,” commented AO4 Caroche, “nevertheless, in times of call of duty we have to be always ready and serve with dispatch and utmost dedication.  In fact, our agency-based personnel Jennifer Mae Novela, was also utilized to assist us in the conduct of the secret balloting.”

The Strike Vote conducted at the different distribution centers were generally peaceful.   No untoward incident was reported.

The NOS was filed at the NCR Branch of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board.


Prepared by:                                                             APPROVED FOR RELEASE:



EFLEDA A. HOURANI                                           REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Senior LEO/LIO-designate                                   Regional Branch Director