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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, April 6, 2018
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Union members urged to settle
conflict over Maricalum ‘scraps’
BY MARK L. GARCIA

 

An official from the Department of Labor and Employment Western Visayas urged the three factions of the National Mines and Allied Workers Union (NAMAWU) Local 103 to settle among themselves the issue on the distribution of the unused mining materials in the defunct Maricalum Mining Corporation in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental.

DOLE-6 arbiter Dax Villaruel said yesterday that despite having the agency mediate among them regarding the issue, the factions themselves should settle it as it has been ongoingfor years now.

The three factions are the groups of Abraham Javier, Arnel Araneta, and Melecio Libo-on that, together with Villaruel, held a conference yesterday at the DOLE-Neg. Occ. compound in Bacolod City.

Villaruel said Araneta’s group requested for this conference as they are asking for a certification from DOLE that proves who should claim the P129 million worth (scrap value) of unserviceable equipment and deteriorated structure in the mine site in Brgy. San Jose, Sipalay.

Earlier, DOLE 6 regional director Johnson Cañete said that the settlement will give them a neutral venue for them to air their sentiments regarding the problem on how to utilize mine equipment and machineries.

Cañete said these unresolved conflicts between NAWAMU-103 led to the creation of “different factions from the labor union,” so the regional office, until now, cannot serve the writ of execution to the group.

He said Labor Sheriff Jayvee Noblezada has been attempting to serve the third writ of execution to the group; however, no one is receiving it as it has not been clear who should receive it.

“It is required that if a writ of execution is served to a labor group, a return writ should be submitted to confirm that the group received the mandate from DOLE,” Cañete said, adding that, in the case of NAMAWU, Noblezada reported that no official person from the labor group will receive the writ.

Cañete said DOLE should have no jurisdiction over how NAMAWU should settle the issue, but the agency “went out of the way” to give them a neutral venue to air their concerns.

Villaruel also said that the conference will serve as one of the basis for the agency’s decision as, currently, they are doing a fact-finding on the issue that involves the three factions.

He said that before DOLE could make a decision, they hope that these groups could settle their differences to be unified as NAWAMU-103.

“They should stop fighting each other. Our ultimate goal here is to obtain what is due for the workers of Maricalum,” Villaruel said.

DOLE-6 will set another meeting with these groups, he added.*MLG

 

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