How can a company show how much employees are important or “napateg” to them?   Itogon-Suyoc Resources, Inc. (ISRI) may have some answers.  ISRI’s Pinnateg Council, the company’s Labor Management Cooperation (LMC)  is quickly thriving as the Management fully supports its drive to improve workplace relations. Pinnateg is an Ilocano term that means to give importance or value.

Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch-Cordillera Administrative Region was fortunate to have witnessed the successful partnership of the labor and management representatives in two of their LMC activities on September 3.

These activities, Basic First Aid Training and Balik Eskwela Program benefitted more than 20 school children of miners. Mr. Samuel Soliweg, ISRI Labor Union (ISRI-LU) President and a member of Pinnateg’s Steering Committee reminded the participants to listen attentively as the skill they will learn will be useful not only in the family but in the community as a whole.  Aside from the training, an envelope bag full of school supplies was distributed to inspire the children to do better in school and to at least lessen the expenses of the parents.

“May this, and other similar LMC endeavors, be continually done to strengthen the bipartite relationship we have here at ISRI.  Let LMC serve its purpose in bridging whatever gaps each have in the other”, said Director Lourdes P. Estioco in a message relayed/read by Supervising LEO Maggie B. Balagtey.

Established in 2017, Pinnateg was set in pursuit of the common good by achieving genuine industrial peace, productivity, and harmonious relationship.  Further, both labor and management believe that continuous and open communication contributes to the attainment and maintenance of a good and harmonious working relationship.  Truly, these objectives, which were anchored in valuing employees, live up to the goal of promoting cooperation between partners and harmonizing and strengthening labor-management relations.

ISRI is one of the three mining companies that partnered with the Branch in the promotion of industrial peace.  A subsidiary of Apex Mining Company, Inc., it has two sites in Benguet Province, Itogon and Mankayan.  Currently, it has a workforce of more than five hundred (500). 

Lyla Jane B. Tacio