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CDC pay scale now on status quo; workers union thankful

CLARK FREEPORT — The compensation package, allowances, benefits, and incentives (ABIs) of Clark Development Corporation employees are now on status quo, thanks to the immediate action of the state-owned firm’s management.

In a statement, officials and members of the Association of Concerned CDC Employees (ACCES) thanked the CDC management, recognizing their efforts and prompt action to resolve the workers’ plight. 

“ACCES acknowledges the immediate action of CDC management to maintain the existing compensation package of employees including allowances, benefits, and incentives (ABIs) that would have been reduced or discontinued outright under the Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS),” ACCES President Edsel Manalili said.

Manalili also mentioned that the management’s move on filing the motion for reconsideration on the CPCS issued by the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) is a welcome development for the employees. 

“CDC Management’s Motion for Reconsideration filed before the GCG is a huge step towards clarifying – and rectifying – an unjust compensation package for employees who have served for more than 20 years in the corporation, some of them since its inception in 1993,” Manali added. 

While the status quo provides a temporary relief to the employees, the union president stated that they are also looking forward to the management’s immediate and appropriate action on other concerns expressed by employees.

“Be that as it may, the ‘status quo’ is only a temporary relief until such time that the GCG has made its decision. The issues with regard to the shift from SSS to GSIS, years-long employment of project-based employees (PBEs), payment of accumulated compensatory time off (CTO), and disapproved sick and vacation leaves remain. These issues have also been raised at the proper venue,” he said. 

ACCES members are also hoping for the release of their 2020 Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) and Personal Economic Relief Allowance (PERA), which would help in easing their financial woes in facing the rising prices of oil and basic commodities. 

“It is our hope that in the midst of employees’ financial difficulties aggravated by the rising prices of basic commodities, CDC management will also exert all efforts to facilitate the release of the much-delayed 2020 Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) and Personal Economic Relief allowance (PERA),” the union said. 

Meanwhile, Manalili expressed optimism that the CDC management and the union will work together to resolve the issues and concerns raised by the employees. 

“Working together, we are confident that a peaceful and equitable resolution of the issues raised by ACCES to the CDC management can be achieved. This can best be accomplished when the provisions of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) are respected and implemented accordingly,” he added.