Taganito Mining is national winner of industrial peace award

By: Philippine Resources March 29, 2022

Photo: Taganito Mining’s Labor Management Council composed of management and labor union officers, after the announcement of winners for the 2021 Search for Outstanding Labor Management Cooperation (LMC) Program for Industrial Peace

Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC), a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corporation, has been declared the national winner of the 2021 Search for Outstanding Labor Management Cooperation (LMC) Program for Industrial Peace.

TMC received the award Wednesday, December 15, during the virtual Twin Search on Outstanding Labor Management Cooperation and Grievance Machinery for Industrial Peace, jointly organized by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) and the Labor Management Cooperation Practitioners, Inc. (PHILAMCOP).

The biennial search aims to promote harmonious labor-management relations and acknowledge the role of labor management councils throughout the country in improving workers’ welfare and sustaining corporate viability amidst the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accepting the award, TMC Resident Mine Manager Engr. Artemio E. Valeroso highlighted the history of sustained partnership between the company and its labor union, the Taganito Labor Union (TLU).

Valeroso said the labor-management cooperation over the years reflects TMC's ethos to focus on employee's welfare, as encapsulated in one of its corporate slogans: “Sa TMC-BIDA Kami.”

"It’s a great honor to accept this award on behalf of everyone at Taganito Mining Corporation—from the TLU officers, members here in the minesite, and to all our teams," he said.

Edgardo Z. Buligan, NAC-TMC senior human resources manager, said the award demonstrated TMC's leadership in industrial peace and labor-management cooperation.

"The award is a recognition of the effective LMC mechanism fostering not only in industrial peace but also for boosting productivity and promoting a safe and healthy workplace at TMC," Buligan said.

Buligan noted that since the start of its mining operation 30 years ago, NAC-TMC has not experienced any labor unrest.

NCMB described this year’s as a "special edition, in recognition of LMCs that have remained focused and true to the very essence of "cooperation and partnership– despite the COVID-19 pandemic that tested their significance and relevance amidst retrenchments and company closures."

TMC has received numerous labor-management recognitions over the years, the latest of which was in 2019 when it won the outstanding LMC for industrial peace award in the regional level.

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