The Branch convened a meeting of the Regional Screening Committee (RSC) for the Responsive and Resilience in Times of Disruption: The 2021 Search for Outstanding Labor-Management Cooperation (LMC) and the 2021 Search for Outstanding Grievance Machinery (GM) for Industrial Peace last August 2, 2021 via Zoom.

The Branch launched the 2021 Regional Twin Search for Outstanding LMC and GM last May 18, 2021 at Sunny Point Hotel, Maa, Davao City. Participating companies were given until June 30, 2021 to submit their entries.

The RSC evaluated the regional entries and made concise recommendations that will help the candidate-companies to improve their video presentation and other pertinent documents.

RSC Members met last August 2, 2021

There were four entries submitted for the LMC category, both unorganized companies and organized companies, companies with a union that serves as sole and exclusive bargaining agent.

Tagum Agricultural Development Company (TADECO), Inc. and Davao Doctors Hospital (DDH) were the entries for organized companies.

Likewise, Apex Mining Corporation, Inc. and a first-timer to the biennial search for the best LMC, New City Commercial Center (NCCC), were the entries for unorganized companies.

In the GM category, Tagum Development Cooperative (TADECO), Inc. was the sole entry for Davao Region for organized companies and Apex Mining Corporation, Inc. was also the sole entry for unorganized companies.

“One recommendation of the RSC to the companies was to include an English subtitle to the audio-visual presentations since some of the management and labor representatives seen in the video spoke in their own dialect. Another recommendation was that the story line of the video should focus on how the company utilizes their LMC and GM programs during the pandemic.” explained NCMB Regional Branch Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes.

The National Screening for Outstanding Labor-Management Cooperation (LMC) and Outstanding Grievance Machinery (GM) for Industrial Peace started last August 16, 2021.

The RSC is composed of four members. Director Aerrine Marie Reyes served as Chairperson of the RSC. The remaining members of the RSC were (1) Attorney Randolf C. Pensoy, OIC-Regional Director of DOLE, RO-XI and RCC-XI Chairperson, (2) Dr. Gina Fe Israel, ALMACOP-Davao Chapter Board of Director, serving as Management Representative, and (3) Ms. Aida Brillante, RND, ALMACOP-Davao Chapter Treasurer, serving as Labor Representative.

This year’s Search is a special edition in recognition of LMCs that remained focused and true to the very essence of the Search – cooperation and partnership – despite the Covid-19 pandemic that tested their significance and relevance amidst retrenchments and company closures.

In addition, the Search for Outstanding GM showcases the best practices and success stories of companies on dispute resolution. Gary B. Bonghanoy