A peaceful settlement has finally been reached between 92 plantation workers from Compostela and Sumifru (Philippines) Corporation in a Conciliation Mediation sanctioned by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region XI on Tuesday (June 9, 2020) in Compostela, Davao de Oro.
In the said Single Entry Approach (SEnA) which is a settlement procedure of all labor issues brought forward by NAMASUFA PP90 leader Vicente Barrios to DOLE Region XI Senior Labor Employment Officer (LEO) Isidrick Paqueo, the workers were duly represented by counsel and manifested their desire to claim separation pay in lieu of reinstatement and to move forward in mutual agreement with Sumifru.
The claims are based on the ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of “SUMIFRU (PHILIPPINES) CORP. (surviving entity of a merger with Fresh Banana Agricultural Corporation and other corporations), Petitioner vs. NAGKAHIUSANG MAMUMUO SA SUYAPA FARM1 (NAMASUFA-NAFLU-KMU), Respondent” (G.R. No. 202091), which declared the PP90 workers as regular employees of the said company.
In the presence of DOLE Davao de Oro Provincial Head, Neil Allan Baban, Senior LEO Paqueo, LEO III Lym R. Ongoy, Sumifru Vendor Relations Manager, Rommel B. Dilig, and Sumifru Corporate Lawyer Atty. Bernice Joana L. Piñol, all 92 banana workers voluntarily received the separation pay and cash bonuses given out on the spot by Sumifru.
Compostela Vice Mayor Levi Ebdao and Bravo Company Commander Lt. Arthur Garidan gladly welcomed the settlement between Sumifru and the workers as a significant development to the local government’s peace and order efforts as some of the NAMASUFA PP90 members are NPA returnees who wish to be reintegrated to society and become productive members of the Compostela community.