NCMB and TVAAC holds Continuing Education Seminar for Accredited Voluntary Arbitrators


NCMB and TVAAC holds Continuing Education Seminar for Accredited Voluntary Arbitrators


The National Conciliation and Mediation (NCMB) in coordination with the Tripartite  Voluntary Arbitration Advisory Council (TVAAC) has recently conducted a two-day capability building seminar for Accredited Voluntary Arbitrators (AVAs) aimed to equip  AVAs in coping with the emerging challenges of the Voluntary Arbitration program.




For 28 years, the Board has partnered with the TVAAC to find ways in establishing and maintaining the integrity of the Voluntary Arbitration (VA) program.  It has made initiatives on the promotion of the program as the preferred mode of dispute settlement.


NCMB OIC Executive Director Maria Teresita L. Cancio said the partnership focused on improvement towards the enhancement of the program, to further support the Board’s mandate in maintaining the industrial peace situation in the country.


“As social partners, we should continue to cooperate to uphold the integrity of the VA system through continuous learning to effectively resolve disputes, as well as address issues, gaps and challenges confronting the program,” Cancio said.  She added that the NCMB can only perform its mandate effectively, if there is a stable and principled partnership existing within the Board, TVAAC and the AVAs.


The two day retooling or capacity building seminar conducted at Luxent Hotel, Timog Avenue, Quezon City on September 20-21, 2018 included training modules on Comparative Analysis of Different CBA Provisions on Disability Claims presented by Atty. Allan S. Montano and, Recent Jurisprudence on Voluntary Arbitration Cases discussed by Atty. Francis V. Sobrevinas.  A Workshop on the Best Practices on Voluntary Arbitration was facilitated by Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez while TS Director Ronda D. Malimban discussed the “State of the Voluntary Arbitration Program”.



Meanwhile, the biennial PAVA election for the new set of officers was facilitated during the event, with Atty. Michael L. Rama of Cebu City emerging as the new PAVA president for the period 2018 – 2020.




Source: Corazon M. Fegi – Chief, Voluntary Arbitration Division



Through SENA employee receives financial assistance


Good News
National Conciliation and Mediation Board
Date: September 28, 2018

Through SENA employee receives financial assistance

Cebu City—Through SENA, an employee received a financial assistance after the parties reached a compromise agreement recently, Director Edmundo T. Mirasol said.

Ms. Leila Bacalla, a resident of Phase II, Buhisan, Cebu City ,  received her financial assistance last September 27  for an aggregate amount of P210,000 as evidenced by a quit claim and release document signed by the former.

Conciliator Paciano L. Murro Jr.  who facilitated the settlement said that Ms. Bacalla sought assistance last September 12 for medical and hospitalization assistance.

According to Conmed Murro, Ms. Bacalla was on her 21st day of employment as puncher at Tim Tong Press, Inc. when she meets an accident which totally caused her in a state of bald head.

“The management had spent approximately P180,000 for her medical and hospitalization bills.”, Murro said.

Among others, they also extended additional monetary assistance of P30,000 and will coordinate and cooperate with the requesting party in her effort to secure funding sources from charitable institutions in order to minimize medical costs.

Director Mirasol commended Conmed Murro for the swift settlement of the request for assistance.

Lim Tong Press, Inc. is a printing company which offers printing specialties like labels, packaging, boxes, brochures, flyers, catalogs, business and office materials. It is located at Borces Street, Mabolo, Cebu City.

SENA is a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation process to provide a speedy, impartial, inexpensive and accessible settlement procedure. End

P90.29 Million CBA Package inked by THPAL and their Union



P90.29 Million CBA Package inked by THPAL and their Union

Butuan City – Taganito HPAL Nickel Corp. (THPAL), a multinational processing plant in Surigao Del Norte and its union officially signed a P90.29 Million Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) package  through the assistance of RCMB-Caraga  at the Lime & Zest, Watergate Hotel in Butuan City on 10 May 2018.

The newly signed CBA will take effect retroactively on 1 January 2018 up to December 31, 2022 for all its economic and political provisions. The most remarkable part of the new CBA was the economic provision of 1 sack of rice per month for every union member starting May 2018 onwards.


Ma. Theresa M. Francisco, OIC-Director of NCMB-Regional Branch XIII and Conciliator-Mediator, facilitated the settlement of this case and witnessed the ceremonial signing of their CBA. “My heartfelt congratulations to the THPAL Family! Thank you for your patience, perseverance and cooperation in conquering our common goal of getting a fair resolution of the issues at hand for a better understanding and relationship among the workers and management of THPAL and generally restore industrial peace.”, OIC Francisco said.


Members of the Top Management of THPAL led by THPAL President Toru Higo and represented by Mr. Reynante Lisbo , Union President  THPAL Labor Association- FDLO

witness the significant event.


“Allow me to say that THPAL management is grateful for all of its employees. This day will not be possible without our common desire to bridge our different interests and achieve shared successes.  I believe that this CBA is the bridge that should be kept strong and solid to maintain a healthy relationship between the Union and the Company.  Through this negotiation, we learned that communication is key in conveying needs and situations that have to be addressed and in order to be fair in our decisions by always keeping an open mind.  Here we represent and consult both ends to achieve mutual understanding which we can achieve by giving high importance on nurturing a mature relationship.”, Pres. Higo said. “I thank you all, the TLA leaders, the management negotiating representatives and NCMB for all the help during the negotiation process and congratulations to all of us.”, he added.


On the other hand, the Union President, Mr. Lisbo, in behalf of the TLA officers and members, promised to cooperate at all extent as a commitment to their CBA. END


14 September 2018




Conciliator – Mediator Ma. Delia D. Yu facilitated  the  settlement of the Notice of Strike (NOS) case of Philippine Geothermal Inc. and its union PGPC Employees Union-Independent on August 30, 2018.

The Notice of Strike filed on August 3, 2018 was on the account of CBA Deadlock of their 3-year CBA.  Several company level negotiations took place from February 07, 2018 to August 02, 2018 but the exchanges of proposals, counter-proposals and identified options did not work for both parties.

The situation was hostile, both parties were not talking to each other and preferred to remain silent.   Con-Med Yu quoted,    “I need an extra power for an extra challenge “.  Looking out far, fast and flexible in the situation, she succeeded to change the atmosphere by talking to the parties separately.

Bringing the parties to clarify and respecting their sentiments/grievances to other forum, parties agreed to settle their difference. The total CBA package of P65, 732,400 will  benefit  95  employees in the bargaining unit.

OIC Foncardas commended the desire and willingness of both parties to settle their dispute.  She also appreciated the effort made by Conciliator-Mediator Delia D. Yu for her effective approach that leads to the resolution of the case.

Philippine Geothermal, Inc. Employees Union, (PGIEU), is an independent union composed of rank-and-file employees,   headed by union president Luis Magsino,   from the two power plants located in  Bay, Laguna and  Tiwi, Albay.

Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc.  is engaged in geothermal energy production.  The company is represented by Emy Delovino.









“Conflict is a natural part of life. It is undeniable aspect of any relationship, group, or organization”. This was the opening statement of OIC-Director Ma. Theresa M. Francisco of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board – Regional Branch No. XIII as she delivers her presentation on Conciliation-Mediation Techniques in front of 53 participants during the Capacity Building Seminar for Consumer Welfare Desk Officers (CWDO) held on 21 June 2018 at Watergate Hotel, J.P. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City.

The seminar was attended by mostly Store Desk Officers, HR and Administrative Managers all throughout the Province of Agusan del Norte. It was well-organized and conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry – Agusan del Norte Provincial Office in order to enhance the capabilities of their CWDOs in managing and handling customers’ complaints.


“Facing an angry customer under any condition can be intimidating, emotionally draining and stressful”, OIC Francisco said.


OIC Francisco imparted  her knowledge in dealing with conflicts she also shared  the 6 steps of dealing with upset customers: begin with keeping a positive attitude, let the customer vent out his anger to subside, be empathetic towards them, let them know and see that you understand how they feel, begin an active problem-solving and mutually agree on the solution. Those were just the few of the learning points that the resource speaker shared to the audience during an interactive discussion on handling conflicts an application of indirect  simple techniques in conciliation-mediation.


“We are very much thankful to Director Tess Francisco, for sharing her knowledge on conciliation-mediation and conflict management to our CWDOs”, said Mr. Wyn A. Palma, Head of CTIDS-CPD of DTI-ADN. “We hope that we will be doing this again together for our clients and we will continue to invite you to help us enhance the skills of our CWDOs in handling conflicts”, he added.


The Conciliation-Mediation program provide speakership services on labor relations related topics during seminars, symposia, and orientation, similar topics like Conflict Management and conciliation mediation techniques were also provided  upon request.


Lapanday Foods Corp. Agreed to Reinstate 22 Retrenched Employees through Conciliation-Mediation

Press Release
National Conciliation and Mediation Board
September 10, 2018


Lapanday Foods Corp. Agreed to Reinstate
22 Retrenched Employees through Conciliation-Mediation


Davao City – “The Notice of Strike filed by Global Fruits Corp. Integrated Employees Union-Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines against Lapanday Foods Corp. is finally settled effective September 5, 2018”, OIC-Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes announced.

The said union filed a Notice of Strike on the ground of union busting and illegal retrenchment last July 19, 2018.

Conciliator-mediator Oliver C. Jao in his first initial conciliation conference validated that the issues raised were due to the retrenchment program implemented by the management which will result to reduction of the number of union members and will affect 24 regular employees composed of 22 from New Corella Farm and two (2) from Sto. Tomas.

The union insisted on the reinstatement of the retrenched employees unless the member himself is willing to accept the offer.

However, during the initial conference, parties did not reach an agreement.  Hence, the union submitted a strike vote result on August 14, 2018.

Con-med Jao in coordination with OIC-Dir. Reyes conducted conciliation-mediation conferences and facilitated the parties’ exhaustive discussion of the issues.

Jao conducted conciliation conference on September 5, 2018 which led parties to agree on the reinstatement of 22 retrenched employees.  Likewise, the termination of two (2) employees was submitted to Voluntary Arbitration.  Parties also chose Accredited Voluntary Arbitrator Napoleon Trillanes as their sole VA.  Lastly, parties agreed that one (1) employee shall receive a separation pay at 50% monthly salary per year of service.

Lapanday Foods Corp. is an integrated grower, packer and shipper of premium-quality tropical fresh produce.  Their production operations are based in Mindanao, south of the Philippines, with more than 30 years of experience as a grower, supplier and exporter of export-quality Cavendish bananas to international markets. It is owned by a Filipino and is represented by Mr. Hernanie P. Geronimo, Company Manager.

Global Fruits Corp. Integrated Employees Union-ALU-TUCP is the sole and exclusive bargaining agent (SEBA) of the company representing 235 members headed by Mr. Franklin S. Fajota, Local Union President.  Sheila A. Rivera





Press Release
National Conciliation and Mediation Board
Regional Branch No. IV-A
06 September 2018




Cainta, Rizal – The Notice of Strike (NOS) filed by the Samahang Manggagawa sa  Ponderosa Leather Goods Co Inc. was settled on 04 September 2018, as reported by OIC Cynthia C. Foncardas.

The case was filed on June 24, 2018 on the ground of CBA deadlock on twenty-eight (28) economic and non-economic provisions it was reduced to nine (9) priority items after a series of conciliation meetings in the preventive mediation case.

Citing from, the report of Con- Med Mario Agustin Minoria the elevation of PM to NOS was due to the negotiation process.  The voluntary regularization of 185 contractual workers in November 2017 created an impact in CBA package which resulted to company losses in the last 2 years.

Despite the  losses,  the company granted a wage increase of P50 for 3 years, Signing Bonus of P5,500 plus the P12 COLA to all regular employees effective on the 4th year of the CBA.  The estimated incremental cost of the CBA package amounted to P17, 601,763 and will take effect on June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2022 with the re-opening on the economic provisions after 3 years.  Parties also agreed to discuss other unresolved issues  on their LMC.

With the team conciliation effort exerted by OIC Foncardas, Con-Med Minoria and the cooperation of the parties the NOS was settled.

Samahang Manggagawa sa Ponderosa Leather Goods Co., Inc. is a registered union under the federation of Katipunan ng mga Samahan ng mga Mangagawa (KASAMA) with 288 bargaining union members headed by its President, Alvin Matematico.

Ponderosa Leather Goods co., Inc. is engaged in manufacturing of baseball gloves for export with 714 workers.  The company is located at Brgy. San Vicente, Angono, Rizal.

End/Minda dela Cruz/Sept18




August 16, 2018

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Atty. Ligaya R. Lumbay, Director II of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Regional Branch 10 proclaimed the
settlement on August 6, 2018 of the actual strike filed by Valencia Rubbertex, Inc. Labor Union – Association Labor Unions – TUCP (VRILU – ALU-TUCP) against
Valencia Rubbertex, Inc. (VRI).

The actual strike which was declared on July 25, 2018 was successfully settled through team conciliation – mediation process benefiting 192 rank and file
employees with an estimated economic package of P2.86 Million.

The new CBA for the period January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2022 provides for the following wage increases: on the first, second and third year, employees who are 10
years and below will receive ₱5.00 as COLA and those who are 10 years and above will receive ₱8.00 as COLA. These wage increases are on top of any wage
increases to be determined by the RTWPB thru wage orders. Unused vacation and sick leave benefits are also convertible to cash and payable every 15th day of
January of the following year.

Moreover, the company agreed to grant an Optional Retirement for employees who are 10 years and above computed at 18 days per year of service.
The Union represented by Union President Bobby E. Panilag filed a Preventive Mediation on April 4, 2018 on the ground of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)
Deadlock on twenty-five (25) economic benefits. Due to the different positions of the parties, the case materialized into a Notice of Strike on May 15, 2018.

Mr. Noriyuki Onishi, Plant Manager of VRI manifested that the demands of the union are impossible considering the losses of the company in previous years, but he
offered a performance-based incentive bonus.

The Branch conducted series of conciliation – mediation conferences exhausting all available venues in order to arrive at a settlement. This settlement was achieved
through the assistance of DOLE Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao.

Valencia Rubbertex, Inc. is engaged in manufacturing of vulcanized rubber footwear such as rubber boots and jikataba shoes for export. The company is located in
Casisang, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.


August 16, 2018

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY –Dir. Ligaya R. Lumbay of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Branch 10 declared on August 2, 2018 the settlement of
the Notice of Strike filed by CEPALCO Employees Labor Union (CELU) – ALUTUCP against Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO). Mr. Amor G. Sanchez, Union President of CELU – ALU-TUCP filed a Preventive Mediation (PM) case on June 8, 2018 on the ground of CBA deadlock on three (3) economic provisions.

The initial conference set by NCMB Region 10 was attended by the Union Officers assisted by Atty. Proculo T. Sarmen, Regional Vice President for Northern Mindanao
of ALU-TUCP and the CEPALCO Management Negotiating Panel headed by Mr. Rainier P. Rañopa.

On July 23, 2018, the union declared the issue strikeable thereby elevating the issue to a Notice of Strike case. The management, however, filed a Motion to Dismiss the
Notice of Strike case on the basis of the no strike – no lockout provision in the CBA.

Through this Board, parties arrived at a settlement of the deadlock with an estimated economic package amounting to P28.3M which features A Salary Increase of
P1,850.00/month for the last two years, Productivity Bonus or Profit Sharing of P 35,000.00/year and Signing Bonus of P20,000.00/employee. The package was
included in the CBA that started on April 1, 2018 and will expire on March 31, 2020.

CEPALCO is an electric distribution company of Cagayan de Oro and neighboring places of Misamis Oriental with a total employment of 220 workers.