Holy Cross of Davao College and HCDCEA Sign their CBA


“The labor dispute between Holy Cross of Davao College Employees Association-ADLO-KMU and Holy Cross of Davao College is finally over effective April 5, 2018.   And now both parties concluded and signed their CBA yesterday, on April 26, 2018”, OIC-Director of RCMB XI Aerrine Marie R. Reyes announced.

On January 19, 2018, the union, Holy Cross of Davao College Employees Association-Association of Democratic Labor Organization-Kilusang Mayo Uno requested the intervention of NCMB-RBXI through the filing of Notice of Strike on the ground of bargaining deadlock.

Likewise, on February 2, 2018, the management of Holy Cross of Davao College filed a Notice of Lockout on the ground of unfair labor practice (ULP) alleging that there was no deadlock yet in the collective bargaining and negotiation.

Since the said two cases stemmed from the same issue, collective bargaining this office conducted conciliation-mediation jointly.

OIC-Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes and Conciliator-Mediator Oliver C. Jao conducted series of and marathon conciliation-mediation that started on February 5, 2018.

Hence, the parties made several manifestations and identified 34 items both economic and political issues.

Among the top priorities on the discussion were salary increase, scholarship, coverage, union security clause, recognition, rice subsidy and medical assistance.

With the counter-proposals of management, the union manifested to raise the matter to the General Assembly.

However, on February 13, 2018, the Board of Trustees conducted lockout vote with 100% who voted yes and submitted the result to the Office on February 14, 2018.

Hence, OIC-Dir. Reyes and Con-med Jao, conducted conciliation-mediation conferences on February 20, 2018 and on February 27, 2018.  Management presented their counter-proposal.  In response, the union insisted to tackle the top priority items.

From March 1 to 5, 2018, this Office convened the parties to explore the possibility of settlement.

Hence, Dir. Feliciano R. Orihuela, Jr. of NCR and Atty. Ligaya R. Lumbay, Director of RCMB X, arrived in Davao on March 1, 2018 to help facilitate the conciliation-mediation process for the parties.

Likewise, Undersecretary Dominador Say went to Davao on March 2, 2018 to continue with the conciliation-mediation.

On March 3-5, 2018, Con-med Hacel Cuares convened and brainstormed on other possible options to help settle the cases.

On March 5, 2018, DOLE RO XI Regional Director Raymundo Agravante gathered the Regional Inter-Agency Coordinating and Monitoring Committee (RICMC) as a pro-active measure in handling possible strike.

OIC-Director Reyes and Con-med Jao together with the efforts of NCMB family, the DOLE family and the RICMC and of course the parties concerned exerted their best efforts and exhausted all the means to help resolve and settle the issues.

Finally, on April 5, 2018, the parties mutually agreed on 21 items in the collective bargaining and agreed to settle the said two cases.

On April 26, 2018, NCMB-RBXI headed by OIC-Dir. Reyes together with Con-med Jao witnessed the signing of their concluded Collective Bargaining Agreement at Holy Cross of Davao College. Sheila A. Rivera