Baguio City, Benguet – DOLE-CAR OIC Assistant Regional Director Emerito A. Narag, Ph.D. witnesses parties signing the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the University of Cordilleras (UC) headed by president Dr. Nancy M. Flores, KAPATIRAN Chief Negotiator David Camiwet, and representatives from the Kapatiran ng mga Empleyado ng Baguio Colleges Foundation (Kapatiran).

Gracing the event are National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) Regional Director Atty. Rhonda Doctor-Malimban and Sr. LEO Garbiel Bayao, UC VP for Administration and Academic Services Rhodora A, Ngolob, UC VP for Academics and Research Ariel Nimo B. Pumecha, Human Resource and Development Office Director Victoria B. Molina, and Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College of Law Mr. Rane D. Ramos.

The momentous event took place on May 3, 2023 at the University of Cordilleras in Baguio City, where the Collective Bargaining Agreement was officially signed.

The mid-term briefer of the CBA covers a period from November 8, 2022 to November 7, 2024.

Negotiated terms includes entitlement of non-teaching staff (NTS) to retirement benefits, additional NTS vacation leaves, across the board salary increase of permanent or tenured workers, clothing allowances, signing bonuses, and increase in honorariums for Enrollment Advisers.

The rights to self-organization and collective bargaining and negotiation are promoted and protected by the State. Employers and employees engage in collective bargaining and enter into a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) to regulate employment terms and conditions and address industrial problems internal to the employment relationship and the workplace over which the parties have control.

The result is a contract executed upon request of either the employer or the exclusive bargaining representative of the employees incorporating the agreement reached after negotiations in relation to wages, hours of work and all other terms and conditions of employment, including proposals for adjusting any grievances or questions under such agreement.

With an ever changing economic landscape with strides from rapid digitalization and open markets influencing business management and logistics, CBAs are instrumental in ensuring industrial peace – a partnership, in a manner of speaking – where the management depends on the efficiency of its employees, and workers contribute to the overall sustainability and livability of their respective industries.


end//Daryll B. Ponard, with initial report and pictures from LEO III Paul Adrian B. Delos Santos
LEO III – LIO Designate

Assistant editor: Kezialeya P. Costales
TUPAD Coordinator