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One of the policy concerns in public sector labor relations is the dynamics involved in the representation and participation of the Board of Directors/Trustees (Boards) of state universities and colleges (SUCs) and government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCCs) as representatives of management in the negotiation process of the collective negotiation agreement (CNA). This unique relationship considerably influences the timely approval and registration of the CNA. This policy paper generally intends to determine best practices and bottlenecks in the negotiation, approval, and registration processes of CNAs among SUCs and GOCCs. The study adopts a mixed method case study design to gather quantitative data from reports of registration at the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and Bureau of Labor Relations and qualitative data through the conduct of key informant interviews among officers of public sector unions and human resource management officers or representatives from the management of the identified SUCs and GOCCs.

Discussions are ongoing at the international and national levels for the complete ratification of the 2007 International Labour Organization (ILO) Work in Fishing Convention (WIFC) by member-states. As the Philippines has yet to ratify this convention, several stakeholders have expressed concern and apprehension regarding their capacity to comply with the standards described in the 2007 WIFC. Hence, this research seeks to provide empirical evidence that could serve as a baseline for examining the capacity of the country to ratify said convention.