Region 8 made history in the national Labor-Management Cooperation (LMC) scene when Engr. Sherlock Vicente A. Codilla, Senior Manager for Industrial Relations at PASAR Corporation in Isabel, Leyte, was elected on November 8, 2011 in Naga City as President of Philippine League of Labor-Management Cooperation Practitioners, Inc. (PHILAMCOP), succeeding Mr. Rene V. Delos Reyes of Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) Leyte Geothermal Production Field that straddles Ormoc City and Kananga.
Codilla, who shall have a term of two years until 2013, was sworn in at the culmination of the 8th National Convention of PHILAMCOP on November 9 by Sec. Rosalinda D. Baldoz of the Department of Labor and Employment and Undersecretary Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Officer in Charge of DOLE’s National Conciliation and Mediation Board, with DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo as special guest.
PHILAMCOP, an advocate of plant-level mechanisms for communication and joint problem-solving as the primary platform for achieving and maintaining industrial peace, is composed of leaders from both Labor and Management sectors that boasts of a wide network of 25 regional LMC affiliates across the country, with a current national membership at 1,795 unionized and non-unionized companies. It is considered the social arm of NCMB-DOLE for social dialogue and is cited by the government’s Labor agencies as the only private partner in workplace relations enhancement.
PHILAMCOP traces its roots from our very own Region Eight Labor-Management Cooperation Practitioners, Inc. (RELAMACOP) of the Samar-Leyte region, spearheaded both by Delos Reyes and Codilla, which has been acknowledged by DOLE and NCMB as the instrumental advocacy group that has sustained an 8-year strike-free region. RELAMACOP has to date a membership of 121 companies, with 38 from unionized companies led by PASAR Corp. and EDC-LGPF, and 83 from unorganized or non-unionized firms.
“The challenge ahead is to sustain the rapid growth of PHILAMCOP membership that characterized Rene’s leadership, who himself made history when he served for two terms,” said Codilla, who is a native of Palompon, in an interview after he was sworn in. “I have big shoes to fill, but I am also honored to continue Rene’s legacy, that is to share our best practices in LMC especially to workers in smaller firms whom we assist as their big brothers,” added Codilla, who has served PHILAMCOP over the last 6 years as PRO (2005-2007) and Secretary (2007-2011).