National Conciliation and Mediation Board
Regional Branch No. 5
17 May 2021
Legazpi City – The strategy employed by the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch (RCMB)–5 paid off in the promotion of its programs and services even at this time of pandemic. It successfully facilitated five (5) Labor and Management Cooperation (LMC) programs in five unorganized companies in the region in just a span of two months.
“Two months into the implementation of the new promotional approach, the Branch was able to facilitate five LMC programs in five unorganized companies in the region,” explained Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Josephine Dl. Amaranto, who heads the technical unit of the Branch.
“Constrained by health and safety protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Branch devised a way by which we can promote our programs without having to put at risk the well-being and protection not only of our employees but workers and management representatives of companies that are our target of intervention,” continued SupLEO Amaranto.
“We have developed a schedule for orientation, re-orientation or technical assistance to companies that are our target for facilitation or creation of their LMC, also known as the Workplace Cooperation and Partnership (WCP) program. We have likewise included the topic on Grievance Machinery which is also one of the flagship programs of the Board. Our timetable for these is set every working days on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 10:00am and another slot in the afternoon at 2:30pm to 4:00pm.”
“We have started this since March of this year. And we were able to conduct four seminars already involving eight establishments. Of these, we were able to create the LMC structure of five (5) companies in just a matter of two months. The same with the Grievance Machinery procedures instituted in these companies. The remaining three companies need follow-throughs and adjustments of their chosen structure.”
Some of the companies have already attended a previous orientation seminar regarding the programs and services of the NCMB. Hence, they have undergone a re-orientation. For others, it was their first time to attend the orientation. While for others, they requested for technical assistance wherein it is some sort of an open forum between the company representatives and the technical personnel. The Branch staff answers queries and clarifies issues that may arise out of the creation of their LMC or the institutionalization of their GM.
Regional Branch Director Reynaldo S. Foncardas emphasized that the Branch has to be innovative in order to keep abreast with the changing times. “We have to institute measures to address gaps in the promotion of our programs. We must not be chained by the restrictions on health and safety protocols. Instead, we must find ways to further our cause of promoting our programs because this is what we have avowed to do as government workers,” he said.
“We invite companies to come visit us at the Office and undergo orientation or re-orientation, as the case may be, at their most convenient time. We have also retrofitted our conference room so that proper physical distancing will be observed at all times. We have also set a definite number of attendees per session so that they will not crowd all at once in the conference room.”
“We insist always on the wearing of face mask and face shield at all times while attending an activity at the office. We have also provided alcohol, temperature scanning and foot bath for all our clients before entering the office premises.”
“We are happy that this effort is paying off. And we are looking forward to more successful endeavors with our strategizing and proper planning,” he ended. – fin
EFLEDA A. HOURANI
APPROVED FOR RELEASE:
REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS
Regional Branch Director