CAPTION: October 18, 2018 was a historic day for all of the employees of the Iloilo provincial government as Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. signed the first ever Collective Negotiations Agreement with the Association of Iloilo Provincial Government Employees (AIPGE) led by its president Joecil Mayor (2nd from left, seated). The CNA was also signed by Provincial Administrator Raul Banias and AIPGE vice president Ray Cabarles and witnessed by the association's officers and Board of Directors. With the CNA a bright future awaits the provincial government employees and it will also redound to a more effective and efficient provincial government workers. (Capitol photo)
“A historical milestone for the employees of the Iloilo provincial government.”
This was how Joecil Mayor, president of the Association of Provincial Government Employees (AIPGE), described the signing of the Collective Negotiations Agreement (CNA) between the provincial government represented by Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. and Provincial Administrator Raul Banias and the AIPGE last Thursday, October 18, 2018.
It is the first time for the Iloilo provincial government to have a CNA which is a contract negotiated between an accredited employees’ organization and the management on the terms and conditions of employment and its improvements that are not fixed by law.
AIPGE is the only existing legitimate employees organization in the Iloilo provincial government registered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Civil Service Commission with Certificate of Registration No. 2150.
Last week the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, through Resolution 2018-635, authorized Gov. Defensor to sign the CNA.
The CNA aims to foster and promote a noble and enduring relationship between the employees and management through the development of harmonious and sound labor management practices.
It also intends to improve the working conditions and benefits of the provincial government employees.
Under the CAN, both the association and management agree to extend mutual cooperation and assistance to each other with the end in view of enhancing employees’ productivity, efficiency and work satisfaction, and to increase employee morale.
Among the items covered in the CNA are provisions on employee wellness, educational and professional development, benefits and allowances, health support, working hours, overtime pay and other related matters.
It also provides for the inclusion of the AIPGE in committees and bodies mandated by the CSC and DOLE such as, Program Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE), Grievance Machinery Committee, Human Resource, Merit Promotion and Selection Board (HRMPSB), Performance Management Team (PMT), etc.
The CNA shall remain in force and effect for a period of three years.
Mayor expressed gratitude to Gov. Defensor for immediately signing the CNA as he assured of a continued harmonious relationship between the union and the management.
He also thanked all the officers and the Board of Directors as well as provincial government officials who contributed a lot in the realization of the historic CNA.
He also cited the help of colleagues from other existing public sector unions and the Philippine Independent Public Sector Employees Association (PIPSEA).