Davao Region –The National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Branch No XI headed by OIC/Director Ma. Theresa M. Francisco in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office XI headed by Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao and DOLE XI Digos Field Office Head Henry Montilla extended technical assistance to the brewing labor dispute at Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines, Coronan Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

On January 9, 2017, Dir. Suyao requested this Office to extend conciliation-mediation to the parties of Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines (FBCoP) relative to the alarming situation of the company.  More or less 1,300 contract workers were displaced since December 18, 2016.  This was due to non-renewal of service contracts between FBCoP) and the four (4) service providers, OIC/Dir. Francisco announced today.

They were employees of the fresh pared coconut meat suppliers and externals of Franklin Baker namely, Elmar Corporation, Golden White Coco Traders, BL Manpower and 488 Coco Traders.

The Samahan ng Manggagawa Laban sa Kontraktwalisasyon (SAMAAKO) under the supervision of National Federation of Labor Union-Kilusang Mayo Uno (NAFLU-KMU) members claimed that since December 18, 2016, their employment ended since the shutdown of the company due to periodic maintenance.  However, when the pared coconut suppliers resumed their operations on January 4, 2017, workers were advised by their respective service providers not to go back to work since the Service Agreements between Franklin Baker Co. of the  Phils. and the four service providers were not renewed.

On January 20, 2017, this Office judiciously facilitated the conciliation conference with the presence of management representatives, Atty. Dexter Pascua Mr. Jose Villaflor, SAMAAKO workers representatives Mr. Dionision Gallardo and Mr. Ranell Guillermo, KMU-SMR Representative Mr. Carlo Olalo and the representatives/owners of the four (4) service providers affected.

After careful consultation and deliberation, management finally agreed with the return to work of the displaced contractual workers.

Hence, 826 contract workers under Elmar Corporation, Golden White Coco Traders and BL Manpower were reinstated starting January 23, 2017 under another existing and operating Service Providers of FBCOP.

Another 400+ workers were reinstated under 488 Coco Traders with the condition to secure DO 18-A Certificate at DOLE XI.  Otherwise, it shall be dealt with accordingly.

The SAMAAKO expressed their gratitude to this Office and DOLE XI Digos Field Office for the timely intervention and the early resolution of the labor dispute.  Most importantly, this gave the work restoration of all contractual employees of FBCOP.

OIC/Dir. Francisco expressed, “Conciliation-mediation service is very helpful in the early resolution of the labor dispute and prevents the occurrence of labor strike and work paralysation.

Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines is one of the largest Philippine producers of desiccated, processed and value added coconut products used daily in a wide range of food applications – from bakery, confectionary, dairy, savory, cereals, coating to beverages and others.  It is located at Coronon, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur with a total employment of more or less 5,000 covering all contract employees under manpower resources, regular rank and file, supervisors and managers.  The company is represented by Mr. Jose Villaflor, HRD Head and Mr. Jerry Lorenzo, CEO/President. Sheila A. Rivera, LIO-designate.