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.”
CANORECO is engaged in power distribution in the province of Camarines Norte with more or less 180 employees. It has two unions, the CANORECO Rank and File Labor Union (CARFLU) and the CANORECO Labor Union of Supervisory Employees (CLAUSE).
On March 23, 2018, Freddie Zaldua, President of CARFLU filed a PM case before the Branch on the ground of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) deadlock particularly on wage increase for calendar year 2016 to 2017.
“The first meeting was scheduled on March 27, however the General Manager requested for rescheduling to April 4 due to a prior commitment,” according to NCMB5 Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas.
“Hence, during the initial conference on April 4, the parties mutually agreed to settle the deadlock issue of wage increase,” Director Foncardas continued. “It was agreed to grant a wage increase of P750.00 per month effective January 2016. Then in January 2017 another wage increase of P750.00 per month will be granted. With this set-up, by January 2017, a total of P1,500.00 wage increase would have been granted to the CARFLU member-workers.”
“With this amicable settlement, the signing of the CBA for 2018 to 2022 will commence. And they will inform us accordingly. I believed that the desire of the parties to come to an agreement and to finally settle once and for all the deadlock on wage increases, they arrived at this accord,” ended Director Foncardas.
The total monetary benefit involving 148 employees amounts to P4,662,000.00.
The PM case was deemed settled and dropped from the calendar of cases of the Branch.
EFLEDA A. HOURANI
APPROVED FOR RELEASE:
REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS
Regional Branch Director