congratulates EDC for historic virtual CBA signing
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
June 4, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII
congratulates the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) for the
successful conduct of its 2020 Unified Rank and File (RF) and
Professional Technical (PT) Online Conclusion/Signing Ceremony last
02 June 2020 via the zoom online application, a first in the region
and in the country.
The EDC, having three
labor unions namely, Leyte Geothermal Professional Technical
Employees Union (LEGPTEU), Tonongan Workers Union - Rank and File (TWU)
and Leyte “A” Geothermal Project Employees Union – Rank and File (LAGPEU),
has started their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations
last April 30, 2020. After four (4) separate sessions conducted
virtually, the negotiations were concluded on May 12, 2020.
Regional Director Yahya A.
Centi gave his inspirational message to the management and union
panel members of EDC during the significant occasion. He also
congratulated EDC for the initiative in pursuing the CBA
negotiations using online platform during this global health crisis
and even cited it as one historic event.
“In this time of pandemic,
and the means by which you concluded your CBA negotiation, is a
first for the entire country, since it was done through virtual
platform. I must congratulate EDC and its unions for this
initiative. Indeed, you are one of the big brothers that
continuously maintains peaceful industrial relations within the
region,” Centi said.
During the online
conclusion ceremony, Director Centi also briefly shared about the
importance of collective bargaining.
“The right to bargain
collectively with an employer enhances the human dignity, liberty
and autonomy of workers by giving them the opportunity to influence
the establishment of workplace rules and thereby gain some control
over a major aspect of their lives. Collective bargaining is not
simply an instrument for pursuing external ends, rather it is
intrinsically valuable as an experience in self-government”, Centi
Finally, Director Centi
gave the panel members some useful reminders and words of
encouragement to inspire them as they ink their renewed CBA.
Relations is like marriage. There are times that parties do not
agree on certain issues but still maintains to live and work with
each other for the common good of the family. Today is like your
renewal of vows/commitments to each other. As you ink your CBA and
even amidst this pandemic, allow me to convey my heartfelt
congratulations to all of you for this historic and memorable
event,” Centi ended.
Ms. Lisa Teresita F.
Daigan, Head of HR Operations for VisMin Cluster of EDC, expressed
her sincerest gratitude and respect to Director Centi for being a
supportive leader. She likewise committed to continue partnership
with the DOLE team.
“On behalf of EDC, I would
like to thank You, Director. You are such an amazing leader. You
added life to the ceremony. The experience was different with you
around. We can not thank you enough sir for the support! We are here
to continue the healthy partnership with you and the rest of the
DOLE team. More Power!”, said Ms. Daigan.