A successful area-wide learning event entitled Level Up 2016.1 with the theme “Learn More, Achieve More” was conducted by one of the active associations of the Branch, the Association of Labor Management Cooperation Practitioners – Davao Chapter in cooperation with the National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Branch No. XI on March 15, 2016 at the 7th Floor Medical Arts Building, San Pedro Hospital, C. Guzman Street, Davao City.

There were remarkably 146 participants who attended in this long-waited activity by most companies. The participants represent different industries from transportation and storage, manufacturing, educational institution, wholesale and retail, administrative and support services and mostly from the agriculture sector, particularly the banana producing firms which totalled to 57 organized (unionized) and 13 unorganized (non-unionized) companies.

Through this seminar, five (5) organized companies were pre-facilitated, as follows:

1. Ateneo de Davao University – College Faculty Union
2. Ateneo de Davao University – High School
3. Bachelor Express, Inc.
4. Mindanao Star Bus Transport, Inc.
5. ER Supermall

There were also four (4) unorganized companies that were pre-facilitated, to wit:

1. New City Commercial Corp.
2. Sagrex Corp.
3. Strellas Multipurpose Cooperative
4. University of Mindanao – Digos Campus

Likewise, the following were 52 enhanced organized companies:

1. Ansaldo Logistics, Inc.
2. Batangas Logistics, Inc.
3. Brokenshire College
4. Coco Davao, Inc.
5. DSG Sons & Group, Inc.
6. Davao Agricultural Ventures Corp. – Rank and File
7. Davao Agricultural Ventures Corp. – Supervisory
8. Davao Doctors Hospital, Inc.
9. Davao International Mega Gas Corp.
10. Davao Light & Power Co., Inc.
11. Davao Metro Shuttle Corp.
12. Del Monte Employees Union-Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Phil.
13. Del Monte Fresh Supervisory Union
14. Del Monte Fresh Technical Labor Union
15. Filipinas Port Services, Inc.
16. Highland Banana Corp.-Pangyan Plantation
17. Holcim Phils., Inc.-Davao Plant – Davao Holcim Employees and Workers Union
18. Holcim Phils., Inc.-Holcim Davao Supervisory Independent Union
19. Holy Cross of Davao College – Federation of Free Workers
20. Lapanday Foods Corp.-Box Plant
21. Lapanday Foods Corp. (formerly GFC North)
22. Lapanday Foods Corp.-Guihing Agricultural Dev’t. Corp.
23. LEAD-Delta Plantation Operations
24. LEAD-Evergreen Plantation Operations
25. Marsman Estate Plantation, Inc.
26. MD Isalon Organic Agri-Ventures, Inc.
27. MD Nabunturan Agri-Ventures, Inc.
28. MD Panabo Agri-Ventures, Inc.
29. MD Rio Vista Agri-Ventures, Inc.
30. Mindanao Corrugated Fibreboard, Inc.
31. Mindanao Integrated Logistics Services, Inc.
32. Musahamat Farms, Inc. – Farm 1
33. Mustang Transport, Inc.
34. Nakayama Technology Corp.
35. Pepsi-Cola Products of the Phils.
36. Philippine Japan Active Carbon Corp.
37. San Miguel Brewery, Inc.
38. San Pedro Hospital, Inc.
39. STANFILCO, A Div. of Dole Phils., Inc.-Almaca
40. STANFILCO, A Div. of Dole Phils., Inc.-Calinan
41. STANFILCO, A Div. of Dole Phils., Inc.- Kapalong (Luna Zone)
42. STANFILCO, A Div. of Dole Phils., Inc. – Manay (Panabo Zone)
43. STANFILCO, A Div. of Dole Phils., Inc.- Panabo Plastic Plant
44. STANFILCO, A Div. of Dole Phils., Inc.- Sto. Tomas (Luna Zone)
45. STANFILCO, A Div. of Dole Phils., Inc. – Cavendish
46. STANFILCO, A Div. of Dole Phils., Inc.-Señorita
47. STANFILCO, A Div. of Dole Phils., Inc.-Tagugpo
48. Tagum Agricultural Dev’t. Co., Inc. – TADECO Laborers Union-SMFL
49. Tagum Agricultural Dev’t. Co., Inc. – Davao United Supervisory Union-SMFL
50. Tortuga Valley Plantation, Inc.
51. Unifrutti Tropical Phils., Inc.
52. Union Galvasteel Corp.

For unorganized companies, there were nine (9) companies that were enhanced:

1. Apex Mining Co., Inc.
2. Asiapro Multi-purpose Cooperative
3. Enterprise Bank, Inc.
4. Interbev Phils., Inc.
5. Medical Mission Group of Hospital
6. United Processing Crew Cooperative
7. University of Mindanao-Main
8. University of Mindanao-Panabo Campus
9. USPD Multi-Purpose Cooperative

Prior to the discussion of the two topics, Board Secretary Ruby Badilles of RTWPB-Region XI presented the project #EngageMotivateAchieve(EMA) and the two-tiered wage system of NWPC.

There were two (2) honorable resource speakers who shared their comprehensive knowledge on their respective topic. One of the honorable guests was our very own Undersecretary Rebecca C. Chato who shared her expertise on the “Updates on Grievance Management and Contractualization”. The topic was mainly focused on the meat of the Department Order No. 18-A. She emphasized that the labor sector or the workers are also engaged in the labor law compliance system. She said that during the joint assessment, there are representatives from the workers and from the management. If unionized, it’s the union who will represent, otherwise the representatives from LMC shall represent. If not from LMC, then they can have an outright selection by the majority who will sit down in representation of the workers, she further stated.

One of the union representatives, Mr. Joel Bañas, union president of Mindanao Corrugated Fibreboard, Inc. shared his insight from the topic of USec Chato. He said that he was grateful that that the USec emphasized the role of both labor and management as social partners working hand in hand to address issues and concerns in the company rather than adversarial.
The activity was further supported by DOLE with the presence of Atty. Jason Balais, the Mediator-Arbiter of Regional Office XI who also answered various questions from the participants.

The second topic, “Impact of ASEAN Integration in the Philippines” was then discussed by Ms. Marie Anne J. Haw, Division Chief for Industry Development Services Division of the Department of Trade and Industry, Region XI. She presented the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Economic Community by 2015 and its four pillars which are to envision the ASEAN region to be the single market and production base, a competitive economic region, an equitable economic development for small, medium enterprises (SMEs) and integration into global economy by 2015.

The event was indeed such a success and the participants were looking forward for more seminars and trainings this year. In fact, the Association of Labor and Management Cooperation Practitioners (ALMACOP)-Davao Chapter is planning to conduct another seminar in the next quarter.

The ALMACOP-Davao Chapter is an association of LMC practitioners both from organized and unorganized companies in Region XI headed by Mr. Julius Bulacito, the present President of ALMACOP-Davao Chapter and HR Facilitator of Stanfilco, A Division of Dole Phils., Inc. (Sheila A. Rivera, LIO-designate).

Area-Wide Seminar