RCMB-CAR Director Lourdes P. Estioco commended her staff for their effective and efficient delivery of services which paved the way to a noteworthy accomplishment for the year. 

“Congratulations to all of you. Despite this pandemic, we were able to accomplish our commitments.  We may not able to hit the mark perfectly, but we were able to achieve them through wise decisions, coupled with everyone’s persistence, dedication, and know-how,” she said.  

The concerted efforts of the technical staff in the promotion of the Board’s programs led to the creation of 17 Labor-Management Cooperation (LMC) and Grievance Machinery mechanisms. This is 6% above the target of the Branch.  Ninety-eight LMCs and GMs or 122% were enhanced through virtual, face-to-face learning sessions and other modes of communication.  This accomplishment resulted in a very low (.52%) percentage of incidence of PM  and NS/NL cases involving companies with LMCs/GMs. In other words, only 1 company was involved in a labor dispute.

In the settlement of conciliation-mediation cases, CAR has a 100% settlement rate on PM. These cases were settled within the process cycle time.   A lone notice of strike (NS)  was docketed for the year,  filed by Philex Mines Independent Labor Union against Philex Mining Corporation. This  NS case was received on November 24, 2021, and remains pending as of year-end.  “I hope that this labor dispute will be settled before the lapse of the strike ban period.”  Director Estioco said.

For the Single Entry Approach (SEnA) or Request for Assistance (RFA) program, 6 were received by the Branch. Four  (4) of these were settled and 2 were referred to NLRC.

Likewise, four (4)  voluntary arbitration (VA) cases were docketed and monitored for the year. One was carried over in 2020. All cases were decided by the assigned accredited voluntary arbitrator. This gave the Branch a 100% disposition rate.

The accomplishment of our targets is likewise attributed to the close collaboration and convergence of the Branch with the Cordillera Association of Labor-Management Cooperation and Advocates of Voluntary Arbitration, Inc. (CALMACAVAR), DOLE and attached agencies, PEZA, and other line agencies.  

“I would also like to commend the Administrative and Financial Unit (AFU) for its full support in the fulfillment of our commitments.” Director Estioco added.

The Branch reported that for 2021,  CAR remains a strike-free region.

Maggie B. Balagtey