The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch-Cordillera Administrative Region proudly announces the conclusion of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Philex Mining Corporation and Philex Mining Independent Labor Union (PMILU).

After six (6)  conciliation conferences of a Notice of  Strike, an economic package of approximately 386M, covering the period 2019-2024, awaits the 1,163 union members.  This came despite the rocky and winding path it had to go through due to a deadlock in the early days of negotiation. 

NCMB Executive Director Maria Teresita D. Lacsamana-Cancio, in a recorded message, commended both parties saying, “the CBA signing is a manifestation that cooperation is entrenched in the company’s system and that it is a reflection of the maturity of both labor and management to look past their differences and come to terms with other’s positions, interests and feelings.”  “No CBA negotiation will be concluded without understanding, respect, and acceptance of other party’s real needs and interests,” she added. 

Ms. Lourdes P. Estioco, RCMB-CAR Director, seconded the Executive Director reiterating that labor and management are partners in driving the goal of the organization and not opponents.   She reminded the parties that the Branch will continue to provide its services of preventive and dispute settlement mechanisms to ensure the maintenance of industrial peace. Director Estioco also reminded both parties to revive and reconstitute their Labor and Management Council. 

Since the agreement was finalized after numerous meetings, PMC CEO and President Eulalio Austin, Jr. reminded everyone that negotiation is always striking a balance; know when to adjust and when to give in.  He further shared that at the end of the day, it is the relationship with your co-workers and managers that matters.

The Union, through its President Herman Pingot, thanked the management for understanding their inner battles.  They pledged to work together towards healing and for a better Philex community.

This milestone was held on February 19 at the Baguio Country Club and was witnessed by numerous representatives from management, workers, and personnel of the Branch.  The culmination was a result of an intervention from the Branch and the central office officials as a Notice of Strike due to CBA deadlock was filed in November last year.

Lyla Jane B. Tacio