May 8, 2017: With Lopez out, Lepanto heaves sign of relief
LEPANTO Consolidated Mining Company (LCMC), one of the country’s biggest gold miners, heaved a sigh of relief after the Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected the appointment of Environment Secretary Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez.
“Now, we can focus into aggressively developing our energite copper mine and quartz pyrite gold mine, referred to now as LCMC’s copper-gold project,” beamed LCMC president Bryan Yap during the signing of a two-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) from 2016-2017 with the Lepanto Local Staff Union (LLSU) Friday at the Baguio Country Club.
LCMC was one among the mining firms ordered suspended by the DENR.
The 180 members of LLSU joined the Lepanto Local Employees Union, the group of rank-in-file workers, in achieving industrial peace as the former also agreed on their own CBA earlier on March 25.
Yap, who sealed the CBA with LLSU president Steve Pomeg-as, said, “the completion of our CBA bolsters my hopes for the continued healthy relationship between labor and management, and our mutual trust for each other.”
“We hope we can always amicably discuss all concerns and issues so we can concentrate on the more difficult task ahead – improving our efficiencies and increasing productivity,” he added.