Despite the threat of devastation posed by typhoon Quiel on the province of Benguet after another storm, Pedring, ravaged Northern and Central Luzon last week, the Postal Employees Union of the Philippines (PEUP) still managed to gather its leadership at Inn Rocio in Kisad Road, Baguio City on September 29 to October 1 for this year’s National Council Meeting.
The meeting serves as the venue for the presentation of reports and updates from the perspective of the National Executive Committee and regional representatives of the union, who form the National Council of Leaders – the highest decision and policy making body in the absence of the National Congress.
Coming all the way from the country’s key regional postal offices, 31 PEUP leaders and officers, including National Chairman Diosdado de Guzman, attended the meeting. De Guzman reiterated the urgency of submitting the proposed collective negotiation agreement (CNA) with the management and stressed the importance of the regional chapters’ submission of their consolidated proposals to be included in the CNA.
During the meeting, the National Council also approved, in principle, the union\’s constitution and bylaws as amended. A resolution was issued to put this into effect. Nevertheless, the positions of the union officers on major issues such as the impending rationalization program, which is set to be implemented early next year, were given due consideration.
On the last day the council members proposed to extend the term of the National Execom, whose term of office expired last April this year. This was to give ample time for the continuity of the unions’ representation on the change management team (CMT) of the rationalization. The proposal was agreed upon and a resolution was issued and signed by all the members of the Council.
Mr. Rey Rasing, the Executive Director of the Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN), was also present in the said event. He discussed the possible implications of the impending unification of LEARN affiliates, both private and public, on the national public sector union as well as the impact of contractualization on practically all sectors of the Philippine labor front. Likewise, the new Postmaster General Josefina M. dela Cruz graced the participants in a separate meeting. She outlined some of her plans in order to address several issues that confront the PhilPost. These issues include the implications of the Rationalization program on employees, the inclusion of a subsidy to the corporation in the 2012 National Budget for its operating requirements to cover the franking privilege of government agencies entitled to it, resolution of the provident fund issue, among others. Dela Cruz, who now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the national postal corporation, was appointed by the President of the Philippines last July this year. She was a former three-term Bulacan Governor and is known to be the first female Post Gen of the corporation.