DepED & NEU sign CNA
PASIG CITY – Following several months of negotiations, the Department of Education (DepEd) Management and the DepEd National Employees’ Union (DepEd-NEU) signed the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) on November 29.
The main signatories were DepEd Sec. Br. Armin A. Luistro for the the Management side, and Atty. Domingo B. Alidon for DepEd-NEU. Also present during the ceremonial signing were Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs Alberto T. Muyot, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Development Jesus R. Mateo, DepEd-NCR Assistant Regional Director Rizalino T. Rosales, Administrative Service Director Robert M. Agustin, and members of the DepEd Union Panel.
The NEU is duly-accredited as the sole and exclusive collective negotiating agent of all non-academic rank-and-file employees of DepEd. Through the CNA signing, the Department affirms its commitment to promote employee welfare, and support to the right of employees to self-organization. The CNA highlights the rights to union recognition, employee economic benefits, and welfare programs among others. This agreement is the first of its kind to be signed in the entire history of DepEd.
DepEd Sec. Br. Armin Luistro reminded the attendees of the purpose of the CNA: “Maaari na ang ating lalagdaan ngayon ay isang dokumento lamang… ngunit higit pa sa pakikipaglaban para sa ating mga karapatan ay ang tunay at mas maigting na tanong: ano ba ang epekto nito sa mga bata na ating pinangangalagaan? At the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves: ito ba ay nakakatulong sa kabataan at sa kalidad ng edukasyon?”
Atty. Alidon extends his earnest gratitude to the two Panels for finally finding the middle ground between DepEd-NEU and the Management. “Rest assured, we will follow the CNA; because, at the end of the day, we serve and we follow the real reason why we established public sector unionism: towards quality public service. Higit sa lahat, ang unyon ay para sa bata.”
Under Executive Order No. 180, the CNA must be posted in at least two conspicuous places in the principal address of the agency and its regional offices seven days before ratification. It must be ratified by the majority of the rank-and-file employees in the negotiating unit, and registered with the Civil Service Commission – Personnel Relations Office thirty (30) calendar days from its execution.
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