Mediation conciliation resolves decade-long labor dispute in Sumifru Compostela

Representatives of Sumifru Philippines led by Corporate Lawyer Atty. Bernice Joana L. Piñol, Vendor Relations Manager, Rommel B. Dilig, DOLE Senior Labor Employment Officer Isidrick Paqueo, DOLE Davao de Oro Provincial Head Neil Allan Baban, and DOLE LEO III Lym R. Ongoy during the preliminary discussions of the settlement and checking of documents. 

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. 

Atty. Carlo Ancla (standing) along with his staff, surrounded by NAMASUFA workers, discussing the content of the quitclaims and facilitating the signing. 

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. 

One of the workers receiving cash settlement.

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.

DOLE 11 officers facilitating the settlement.

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.

Vicente Barrios, leader of NAMASUFA PP90 workers, requestor of SEnA.

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.