MPWU to open mini-supermarket in Bataan Freeport
By Nelson C. Rana and Leonida Pascua- Valderama
Mitsumi Philippines Workers Union (MPWU), a local of the Associated Labor Unions(ALU) will put up in January a Mini- Supermarket with small pharmacy project to help improve the socio-economic situation of union members.
MPWU President Edna D. Robles said the mini-supermarket will be located in the Authority of Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) in Mariveles where currently about 13,000 are employed by 52 registered locators. The mini-supermarket will sell commodities at lower than market prices.
MPWU is availing itself of the P5 million loan offered by Mitsumi Philippines Inc. management. The said loan shall be interest free on condition that the same is fully settled within the prescribed five year period with a grace period of two years reckoned from the receipt of the loan amount.
ALU District Officer Raul C. Remodo considers this venture as management’s expression of respect and confidence in MPWU and its leadership. “Ït also shows the commitment of both management and union to make the lives of Mitsumi workers better, “ he added.
Aside from the P5 million loan, the MPWU earlier received P500,000 livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), through its Workers Income Augmentation Program (WIN-AP). The funding was invested in rice trading. The MPWU – DoLE Memorandum of Agreement was signed on 10 June 2010. A surprised audit in July 2011 by DoLE Regional Office 3 found that the project’s financial records are in order and its implementation is progressing according to the plan.
Mitsumi Philippines, Inc. is reportedly the top exporter and importer among AFAB companies. It is also the biggest employer in the area, with almost 3,000 workers.