Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said the Kepco-Salcon Power Corp. (Kepco-SPC) has assured him of continued operation of its 200-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the City of Naga in southern Cebu despite a looming strike by its supervisors and rank-and-file employees.
Petilla said the management told him it has set up a contingency measure to ensure continued supply of power in the event a labor strike pushes through.
Petilla was in Cebu Saturday to speak at the three-day Barangay Councilors League Quarterly National Assembly held in Lapu-Lapu City.
Petilla said he respects the right of the workers to go on strike, but he appealed to them not to do it this summer when the demand for power is high.
“But don’t hold the strike during the summer. If possible, don’t go on strike at all,” Petilla said.
Petilla said he will ask the Department of Labor and Employment to help settle the issue and come up with a peaceful solution.
Earlier, the management of Kepco-SPC was surprised after the supervisors union and the rank-and-file union picketed outside its plant in Naga City in spite an ongoing mediation and conciliation process before the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) 7.
The management, in a statement, said that in good faith it has been attending the NCMB hearings and is still exerting utmost efforts in finally reaching a reasonable resolution to the concerns of the employees.