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NCMB-RBXI Settles Bargaining Deadlock at PJACC

NCMB-RBXI settles Preventive Mediation case at Philippine-Japan Active Carbon Corp. in two sittings only benefitting 123 workers with an estimated monetary benefit of P7,393,820.00, OIC-Director Aerrine Marie Reyes announced today.

On June 2, 2017, Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa PJAC-Federation of Democratic Labor Organization filed a Preventive Mediation case for bargaining deadlock.

During the initial conciliation conference on June 14, 2017, the union validated thirteen (13) deadlock items covering wage or salary increase, educational assistance, educational loan, signing bonus, collective union leave, service awards, vacation leave, sick leave, bereavement leave, calamity leave, midyear bonus, hospitalization and medical services of employees and direct dependents and free-ride of CBA benefits.

Both parties presented their proposal on the abovementioned items.

On June 23, 2017, parties after series of separate meetings and with the facilitation of OIC-Dir. Reyes mutually agreed and came up with the forging of settlement.

Citing from the settlement report of OIC-Director Reyes, one significant item they agreed is the salary increase of P1,300.00 per month for 2017, 2018 and 2019.  In addition, 18 days of sick leave if unused are convertible to cash. This agreement is new as this was not included in their previous collective bargaining agreement, Reyes said.

 In addition, the management commits for voluntary compliance on regularization as mandated under DOLE Department Order No. 174 after re-evaluation of the existing manpower.

The company, Philippine-Japan Active Carbon Corp. (PJACC), is one of the world’s finest manufacturers of activated carbon from coconut shell charcoal.  Activated carbon is widely used to absorb organic compounds from water and wastewater.  It provides a means of removing tastes and odors from drinking water.

PJACC has a total workforce of one hundred twenty three (123) and it is represented by Executive Vice President/General Manager, Mr. Takashi Tokumori, a Japanese National.

The union, Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa PJAC-FDLO is the sole and exclusive bargaining agent and represents sixty seven (67) rank and file employees.  It is headed by its Union President, Mr. Normalito Belandres, Sr.

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Worker Receives Retirement Pay  of 55,000 thru SEnA

Region XI – Another worker receives retirement pay in the amount of Fifty Five Thousand Pesos (P55,000.00) through the SEnA program.

Mr. Tito Lito B. Lebante filed a request for assistance (RFA) on May 8, 2017 at the National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Branch No. XI to claim for his retirement benefit.

On May 16, 2017, both parties appeared before SEADO Sheila A. Rivera to resolve the issue on retirement pay for Mr. Lebante, a piece-rate worker of LITL K Ventures, a contractor of Highland Banana Corp.

On May 31, 2017, both parties finally agreed on the amount of Fifty Five Thousand pesos (P55,000.00) and said amount was readily given to Mr. Lebante.

“I am very grateful that there is SEnA program.  I do not want to complicate this issue nor elevate it to a case”, Lebante said.

 LITL K Ventures is one of the service contractors in Region XI located at 108 Narra St., Poly Subd., Matina Aplaya, Davao City.


DAVAO, Inc. and NCMB-RB XI Jointly Hold 

Area-Wide Seminar

“Fundamental Rights of Workers and Management in the Current Times”


Region XI – The Davao Accredited Voluntary Arbitrators Organization (DAVAO), Inc. in cooperation with National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Branch No. XI holds an area-wide seminar entitled “Fundamental Rights of Workers and Management in the Current Times” on June 9, 2017 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, Magallanes St., Davao City.

One hundred fifty one (151) representatives participated in this event.  They compose both labor and management sectors from eighty two (82) companies.

The program started with a prayer and national anthem given by LEO III Sheila A. Rivera of NCMB-RBXI.

There were significantly four (4) topics presented.

Gen. Nicanor A. Bartolome (Ret.) presented the first topic, “Effective Communication Skills”.  Bartolome highlighted the tips for developing effective communication skills, the delivery techniques and some ideas for public speaking.

Atty. Alvin B. Curada, Mediator-Arbiter of the Office of the Undersecretary for Labor Relations and Special Concerns was the Resource Speaker on Labor Inspection for Contracting Arrangement.  He presented the legal framework of contracting in the Philippines.  With the implementing rules of Article 106-109 of the Labor Code as the basis, there were a number of Department Orders of DOLE issued on the issue of contracting and subcontracting arrangements.  “These are the Department Order no. 10, series of 1997, D.O. 3, series of 2001, D.O. 18, series of 2002 and D.O. 18-A, series of 2011”, Atty. Curada stated.

He then presented the salient features of the latest issuance, D.O. 174, series of 2017.  Basically, it reiterates the prohibition against labor-only contracting and expands illicit forms of employment arrangement such as contracting out of work to an in-house cooperative, requiring employees to become members of cooperative and other schemes, practices or arrangements designed to circumvent workers’ right to security of tenure.  Furthermore, D.O. 174 increases the substantial requirement from Php3M to Php5M and a registration fee from Php25,000 to Php100,000 to remove fly-by-night contractors.  It also shortens the validity of the Certificate of Registration from 3 years to 2 years.

According to Atty. Curada, the number of agency-hired workers doubled from 316,423 in 2003 to 621,905 in 2014.  Engagement of agency-hired workers is prevalent in manufacturing (244,538), wholesale and retail trade (90,763), accommodation and food service (43,354) and crop and animal production (41,588).  In 2014, there are 1,335,673 non-regular workers, he added.

Atty. Curada stressed, “There is now a new definition of regular employees which was commonly defined as necessary and desirable.  It is now employees performing activities directly related to the main business operation of the principal”.

Atty. Vincent C. Juan, legal counsel for Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., was the second Resource Speaker.  He discussed about the different employment arrangements as well as management prerogative and cited latest Supreme Court decisions.  Citing from the case of Universal Robina Sugar Milling Corp. and Rene Cabati, G.R. No. 186439, 15 January 2014, Atty. Juan clearly stated, “Where the seasonal employees had been hired repeatedly and continuously to perform the same tasks or activities for several seasons or even after the cessation of the season, this length of time may likewise serve as badge of regular employment.”

He further presented causes of termination both authorized and just as exercise of management prerogative.

The third and last resource speaker was Mr. Niel D. Grumo, Information Officer III of the Social Security System, Davao branch.  His topic was about the legal obligations of employers in terms of SSS.

The program ended with closing remarks given by OIC/Director of NCMB-RBXI, Aerrine Marie R. Reyes.


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Through SEnA Worker Receives Retirement Pay of P226,125.00

Region XI – One (1) worker receives retirement pay in the amount of Two Hundred Twenty Six Thousand and One Hundred Twenty Five Pesos (P226,125.00) through the SEnA program.

Mr. Francisco Calape filed a request for assistance (RFA) on April 11, 2017 at the National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Branch No. XI on the issue of retirement pay.  This was facilitated by Sheila A. Rivera, Single Entry Assistance Desk Officer (SEADO).

On April 17, 2017, both parties appeared before Rivera to clarify the issue raised by Mr. Calape, a former laborer for thirty years at WVP Lopsons, Inc.

In one sitting only, SEADO Rivera facilitated and helped simplified the issue on the term of payment and both parties agreed.  Management grants the retirement benefit of Mr. Calape on an instalment basis on April 21, May 12 and May 26, 2017 which totalled to Two Hundred Twenty Six Thousand One Hundred Twenty Five Pesos.

Mr. Calape was very grateful that finally his retirement was fully granted.

WVP Lopson’s, Inc. is a general merchandise wholesale and retail in Region XI located at F. Bangoy St., Davao City represented by Mr. Dave Y. Lao, Corporate Secretary.

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NCMB-RBXI Settles Notice of Strike at Holy Cross of Davao College


The Notice of Strike filed by Holy Cross of Davao College Faculty Union-Association of Democratic Labor Organization-Kilusang Mayo Uno was finally settled on April 19, 2017, OIC/Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes announced today.

The union filed a Notice of Strike on March 22, 2016 for collective bargaining deadlock particularly on longevity pay and COLA and other economic issues such as agency fees of faculty with special assignment, faculty on leave without pay, salary increase, etc.

Holy Cross of Davao College and Holy Cross of Davao College Faculty Union-ADLO-KMU discussed their positions on the longevity and COLA issues.  After series of and joint meetings, parties agreed that the reckoning period on the grant of longevity pay shall start in 1997 onwards and that the said longevity was fully implemented as cumulative and incorporated in the basic pay starting 1997 until 2009.

However, on April 4, 2017, the union conducted strike vote and submitted the result on April 5, 2017 with 80 yes out of 139 total union members.

Citing from the report of Con-med Oliver Jao, management also presented three (3) examples of retirement pay computation as requested by the union during the March 29, 2017 conciliation to show proof of compliance of the longevity pay.  After the presentation, the parties agreed on the issue of longevity except for the issue on whether it shall be included in the computation of 13th month and retirement pay as well as the issue on reckoning period for the longevity adjustment.

On April 7, 2017, parties agreed that the longevity pay shall be included in the computation of 13th month pay and the retirement pay which shall start in the school year 2010-2011.

After series of conciliation conferences, suggestions and proposals from this office and discussions between parties, parties finally agreed on COLA of P450.00 for the school year 2012-2013 onwards.  This shall be payable within two (2) months from the signing of the final agreement, P15.00 meal allowance shall be renamed as COLA and shall be included in the computation of 13th month pay and retirement pay.

Another agreement was death assistance of P10,000.00 for member and P7,500.00 for immediate family.

Other economic provisions were also agreed such as hospitalization and medical assistance, rice allowance, educational upliftment program and other economic benefits.  Total monetary benefit is estimated at P5,200,000.00.

This case was facilitated by Conciliator-mediator Oliver C. Jao.

Holy Cross of Davao College is an educational institution presently supervised by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Davao City with principal place of business at Sta. Ana Avenue, Davao City.  It has a total employment of four hundred five and represented by Ma. Iris A. Melliza, EdD, Chairperson, Management Panel.

The Union, Holy Cross of Davao College Faculty Union-ADLO-KMU is the sole and exclusive bargaining agent of one hundred thirty eight (138) faculty members. It is represented by its President, Socrates Ruel D. Luayon.  Sheila A. Rivera

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ALMACOP, Davao Chapter in Partnership with NCMB-RBXI Holds a Learning Session

Hashtagged Learn More, Achieve More:  LevelUp 2017.1


Region XI – The Association of Labor and Management Cooperation Practitioners (ALMACOP), Davao Chapter in cooperation with National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Branch No. XI holds a learning session for 2017 marked as “Learn More, Achieve More” LevelUp 2017.1.  The activity entitled “Understanding D.O. 174-17 and How It Transforms Workplace Now and in the Future” was held on May 25, 2017 at the Big8 Corporate Hotel, Tagum City.  The venue was especially intended to cater the northbound companies in Region XI, says Julius Bulacito, President of ALMACOP, Davao Chapter.

One hundred nine (109) representatives both from labor and management sectors joined in this activity.  They come from thirty (30) organized and twenty one (21) unorganized companies.

The LevelUp 2017.1 introduced two (2) significant topics.  These are the latest Supreme Court Jurisprudence affecting labor and management:  updates and remedies. The second topic is D.O. 174-17 which is the newest issuance of the Department of Labor and Employment signed by Secretary of Labor Silvestre H. Bello III governing contracting and subcontracting arrangements.

The program started with an invocation followed by the Philippine National Anthem.  Mr. Julius Bulacito, President of ALMACOP, Davao Chapter gave the opening remarks.

Atty. Virginio C. Juan II was the resource speaker on the topic Latest Supreme Court Jurisprudence affecting labor and management.  He basically presented the different employment arrangements from regular employees to probationary to fixed term to project and to seasonal employees and the latest Supreme Court cases analogous to these issues.  According to Atty. Juan, where the seasonal employees had been hired repeatedly and continuously to perform the same tasks or activities for several seasons or even after the cessation of the season, this length of time may likewise serve as badge of regular employment.  He then cited the case of Universal Robina Sugar Milling Corporation and Rene Cabati, G.R. No. 186439. 15 January 2014.

The seminar was also attended by our honorable Executive Director IV Shirley M. Pascual who gave inspiring messages to the participants.

In the afternoon, Atty. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez, Director IV of Bureau of Labor Relations discussed about Department Order No. 174-17.  He stressed that the said D.O. is just a reiteration of the previous issuances prohibiting labor only contracting and subcontracting.  These are Omnibus Rules implementing the labor code of the Philippines in 1989, D.O. 10 in 1997, D.O. 18-02 in 2002 and D.O.  18-A in 2011.  Basically, D.O. 174-17 is the implementing rules of Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code of the Philippines.

At the start, he presented a diagram of contracting and subcontracting allowable by law.  He stressed that principal and subcontracting and another subcontracting is not allowed.  We do not condemn contractualization.  What the law prohibits is labor only contracting, says Atty. Benavidez.

Atty. Benavidez showed Supreme Court decisions on several labor only contracting cases.  According to him, substantial capitalization is not the only requirement, the Supreme Court rules also in the size of the company.

Thereafter, there was an open forum with Public Relations Officer Julius Jonelas as the moderator.

The seminar ended with closing remarks given by our very own OIC-Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes.

The Association of Labor Management Cooperation Practitioners (ALMACOP), Davao Chapter is an organization of LMC practitioners in Region XI.  It is one of the social partners of NCMB-RBXI in the promotion and advocating industrial peace in the region.  Sheila A. Rivera, LIO-designate.



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On April 18, 2017, at around 10:30 in the morning, 133 workers of MOBASCO Multi-purpose Cooperative deployed at Sumifru Philippines Corp.-Packing Plant No. 115 at Maparat, Compostela Valley Province barricaded the ingress and egress of the packing plant, OIC-Director Reyes informed today. 

Despite the fact that workers of PP115 filed only the preventive mediation case with NCMB-RBXI, it staged the concerted action.  Four unions staged a sympathy strike:  1.) PP 92 Workers Union; 2.) Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Suyapa Farm; 3.) SUMIFRU Field Workers Union and 4.) Packing Plant 340 Workers Union.  Another  four unions also launched a slowdown strike:  1.) Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Osmeña San Miguel; 2.) Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa San Jose;  3.) Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Pilar-Mangayo and 4.) San Miguel Workers Union.

On January 20, 2017, the union president Elizar L. Diayon filed a preventive mediation case against the management for unfair labor practice particularly on piece rate to hourly rate and backwages.

On January 30, 2017, it was validated that the issue is in relation to the mode of payment (wage scheme) through piece rate which the union Maparat and Montevista Workers Union-NAFLU-KMU charged management for violating the labor standard due to underpayment of wages and payment of back wages.

NCMB-RBXI called the parties for several conciliation conferences on February 24, 2017, March 2, 2017 and on April 7, 2017, but parties failed to reach settlement. 

Likewise, OIC/Dir. Reyes scheduled a conciliation conference on April 24, 2017.  However, on April 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM, 133 workers of MOBASCO Multi-Purpose Cooperative barricaded the ingress and egress of the packing plant. 

Hence, OIC-Director Reyes conducted a marathon of conciliation for the early settlement of the issue.     

The picket line was lifted at exactly 12:30 in the morning on April 19, 2017.  The company operations were then resumed to normal.  The concerted action lasted for 13 hours, Reyes further announced. 

As a result of the conciliation, all parties came to a mutual agreement.  The wage scheme of workers in PP-115 will be based on hourly rate effective April 24, 2017 open-payroll.  Another agreement was that the harvesters shall be paid based on 8-hour scheme pursuant to the Labor Code of the Philippines with the supervision of harvesting supervisors or of MOBASCO.  Moreover, the individual workers are allowed to withdraw their membership from MOBASCO effective immediately. 

The union then agrees to lift the picket line/strike, clean and remove the posted placards and streamers at PP-115 premises immediately. 

Packing Plant 115/SUMIFRU located at Purok 6-A, Maparat, Compostela Compostela Valley Province is engaged in banana packing with 130 total employees.

Montevista Banana Services Cooperative (MOBASCO) is an independent contractor registered in the Department of Labor and Employment.  It started its operation in March 201 as a service provider and has a contract with SUMIFRU.

PP115 Workers Union affiliated with NAFLU-KMU is registered with DOLE with 42 union members represented by its President Elizar L. Diayon. The union members are currently under MOBASCO and are assigned at Packing Plant 115.   Sheila A. Rivera





“Musahamat Workers Labor Union II-NAFLU-KMU staged an actual strike on April 10, 2017 at around 3:00 P.M. at the farm in Pantukan, Compostela Valley.  NCMB-RBXI   settles in 9 days.” OIC-Director Reyes announced today.

On March 8, 2017, the union filed a Notice of Strike case for unfair labor practice particularly on the issue of union busting for the dismissal of Board of Directors Dionisio Gultia and Marlo Alfonso.

On March 14, 2017, during the initial conference, it was validated that affected union officers were already dismissed, hence the filing of the Notice of Strike on the ground of union busting.

On March 24, 2017, the union submitted strike vote result wherein majority of the union members favored to conduct strike with 145 who voted yes out of 252 total union members.

On April 3, 2017, this Office conducted the marathon conciliation facilitated by Officer-in Charge/Director Reyes together with the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) team of conciliators headed by Regional Director Raymundo Agravante, Dir. Reynaldo Foncardas and Con-med Jao.

Three options were generated.  The first option was from the management which is payment of separation pay.  The second option was proposed by the RCC team which is reinstatement.  The third option was to bring the matter to the Office of the Secretary of Labor for voluntary arbitration.

There was a set of marathon conciliations conducted on April 4 and 5, 2017.

However, on April 10, the union staged an actual strike at around 3:00 PM at the Farm in Pantukan, Compostela Valley.

April 11, 2017, the management still expressed its willingness to settle the issue.  It clarified that it maintains its position to reinstate the two (2) Board of Directors but they must undergo first a 30-day suspension with last warning.

The union reiterated its demand for the immediate reinstatement but without the sanction of suspension.

At around 3:30 PM, the management decided to go on lockout for the reason that the union restrained and prevented the non-striking workers to go to work.  Another reason is that the union blocked the ingress and egress thus, it cannot operate anymore. Lastly, the union act is a clear violation of the CBA provision and preventing management to exercise management prerogative on transfer of employees.

Hence, Team of Conciliators headed by USec Joel B. Maglunsod, Regional Director Raymundo Agravante and OIC-Director Aerrine Marie Reyes scheduled another marathon of conciliation conferences on April 12 and 13, 2017 and were able to craft settlement package. However, two (2) particular items:  1. Reinstatement of 2 union officers who have already served the two (2) month suspension and 2.)  Gardening system remained to be subject for union’s clarification.

The union clarified on the recall of 2 union officers, if the length of service of the dismissed union officers must be continued or reverted and that the one (1) month suspension if it is reflected in the employee’s file or not.

Likewise, on the gardening scheme, the union demands to reduce the hectarage assigned to every worker and that this concern must be discussed in the LMC.

Finally, after thorough discussion on the remaining two (2) issues, parties finally came up with a mutual agreement on April 19, 2017.  That is, all striking workers shall return to work effective immediately.

Musahamat Farms, Inc. shall reinstate the two (2) BODs without loss of seniority rights and privileges.

Another agreement was that the gardening system shall be implemented with 2.5 hectarage per worker with four (4) major operations such as bagging and plastic inserting, deflowering and defingering, overhand cable propping and bad tubing.  More so, it will be further discussed in the LMC with the presence of Mr. Rey Guillen, HR Manager of Musahamat Farms and federation representative to come up with a more appropriate system and be subjected to time and motion study with the assistance of Technical Working Group composed of NCMB-RBXI, DOLE XI, representative from union and management, if necessary.

The union likewise agrees to lift the strike, clean and remove all the posted placards and streamers, the established makeshifts as well as all other paraphernalia at Musahamat Farms premises.

The company operations were then resumed to normal.

“I am grateful to my staff for the full support they rendered.  I am also grateful for the support of RCC team and of course the parties involved for their cooperation.”   OIC-Director Reyes stated.

Musahamat Farms, Inc. is a corporation engaged in planting and marketing of fresh Cavendish banana.  Its corporate office is located at 9th Floor, Pryce Tower Condominium, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City.  Farm II is located at Piansay Kingking, Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province.  It is represented by Mr. Rey M. Guillen, HR Manager.  It has 252 total number of employees.

 Musahamat Workers Labor Union II is affiliated with NAFLU-KMU.  It is the certified sole and exclusive bargaining agent and represents collective bargaining purposes the two hundred fifty two rank and file employees headed by its President Esperidion Cabaltera.  Sheila A. Rivera




Conciliator-mediator Aerrine Marie R. Reyes has assumed as the new Officer-in-Charge of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Branch No. XI by virtue of Office Order 59, Series of 2017 issued by Executive Director IV Shirley M. Pascual and conformed by Undersecretary of DOLE Joel B. Maglunsod.

Reyes succeeded Officer-in-Charge Ma.Theresa M. Francisco, who is transferred back to her homeland in Butuan City effective 1 April 2017.

Reyes was appointed as Conciliator-mediator of NCMB on March 3, 2014.  She was then assigned in the National Capital Region until May 4, 2014 and in Davao Region on May 5, 2014.

Reyes gained her treasure of experience as she was formerly the Board Secretary IV and Acting Administrative Officer of National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) – 8th Division and served the Commission for 27 years before joining the NCMB rooster.

Furthermore, she holds the degree of Masters in Public Administration at Bukidnon State University.

She pursued her Bachelor of Laws at Xavier (Ateneo de Cagayan) University.  ,

She also finished Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Accountancy at MSU Iligan Institute University.

“Nonnette” as she is called by friends, takes her new post positively. Faced with numerous labor disputes while she just assumed the office, she accepts this as a challenge to conquer and humbly thanked her “big bosses” as well as her staff for every success in the region. Like the pool of Directors and Conciliator-mediators ahead of her, she is sincerely determined to continue the mission of NCMB to sustain harmonious labor and management relations.

Along with OIC Reyes, Mr. Oliver C. Jao has assumed this Office as the new Conciliator-Mediator of Regional Branch XI effective 3 April 2017.

Con-med Jao was appointed as Conciliator-Mediator of NCMB on October 17, 2016.  He was then assigned in Central Office until November 15, 2016.

On November 16, 2016, he was transferred to NCR until December 31, 2016.

From January 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, he was assigned at Regional Branch IVA.

Like Reyes, Jao was also from NLRC as Labor Arbitration Associate in NCR from July 18, 2012 to October 16, 2016.

Jao finished his Bachelor of Laws at Cor Jeso College in Kidapawan City.

He earns the degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce at Notre Dame College in Kidapawan City.  Sheila A. Rivera



Region XI – The National Conciliation and Mediation Board successfully facilitated the settlement of the CBA deadlock issues between Lapanday Foods Corporation and Integrated Supervisors Union – APSOTEU.

On January 16, 2017, the case was filed by the union for two (2) main issues namely; Bargaining Deadlock of six (6) CBA items and Unfair Labor Practice.

The deadlock items includes: Burial assistance, medicine allowance, housing & light allowance, vacation leave & sick leave, wage increase & signing bonus. The union also included unfair labor practices issues such as flat organization, meal allowance, flat field allowance, payment of salaries for the services rendered on Sundays & holiday, increase of the guaranteed net take home pay & shortage of gasoline allocation.

Several conciliation-mediation conferences were set for the parties to arrive at a compromise settlement.

Finally on March 8, 2017, the parties have finally signed a settlement agreement on the six (6) CBA Deadlock items with the total monetary benefit of Three Million Seventy Nine Thousand Two Hundred Pesos (Php3,079,200.00). The parties further agreed that the unfair labor practices issues will be discussed in the plant level through LMC. The compromise settlement was facilitated by Conciliator-Mediator Aerrine Marie R. Reyes.–Jed A. Badilles