LAMIPA, OGMA gather for sharing session

PRESS RELEASE

National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

29 November 2017

 

Legazpi City – About 70 percent of the officers and board of trustees of the two regional associations of NCMB Branch 5 attended the learning session cum sharing of best practices on Labor and Management Cooperation (LMC) and Grievance Machinery (GM) programs held on 10 November 2017 at the Branch Office, Capt. F. Aquende Drive, Legazpi City.  The activity was conceived during the joint meeting of the associations on 20 October 2017.

The two associations, Labor and Management Industrial Peace Advocates (LAMIPA) and Organization of Grievance Machinery Advocates (OGMA) agreed to conduct the activity to enhance and strengthen the member-companies’ LMC and GM mechanisms through sharing of experiences.  The benchmarking of best practices is hoped to alleviate the harmonious working relationship in the company.

There were two assigned resource speakers for the activity: from the management sector Mr. Rene S. Castro, Personnel Officer of Albay Agro-Industrial Development Corporation (ALINDECO) and from the labor sector, Ms. Montserrat Joan L. Sabanal, OIC Naga Area Manager of Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CASURECO II), Del Rosario, Naga City.

The learning session emphasized more on the grievance machinery mechanism of the companies.

“Sharing of best practices in GM for the purpose of attaining industrial peace is a chance for the officers to get together and compare each others’ experiences in grievance handling,” said NCMB Regional Branch 5 Supervising Labor and Employment Officer (SupLEO) Josephine Amaranto.  “They get to know the practices of other companies and from there improve on their own mechanisms.”

Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas said, “From time to time, it is best that they share each other’s best practices so that others will learn.  This intends to contribute to industrial peace-building by addressing the inequity or disparity in the implementation or enforcement of company personnel policies or the collective bargaining agreement.  One way of accomplishing this is through this activity – through facilitating, enhancement, strengthening and effective engagement and collaboration processes.  We will continue to conduct this kind of activity.”

The highlight of the activity was the bonding moments of the officers together with the staff of the Branch.  It was supposed to be an early Christmas merriment since there is no more available time for the celebration of the holiday season.  This was marked by exchanging of gifts, raffling of surprise tokens for the participants and singing.

 

Prepared by:                                                             APPROVED FOR RELEASE:

 

 

EFLEDA A. HOURANI                                           REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Senior LEO/LIO-designate                                   Regional Branch Director

Seminar on GSIS programs elates RCMB5 personnel

GOOD NEWS

National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

29 November 2017

 

Legazpi City – As part of the annual program for staff development, the Branch conducted an in-house seminar on the programs and services of the Government Services Insurance System (GSIS) on 17 November 2017 held at the Branch 5 Office at Capt. F. Aquende Drive, Legazpi City from 9:00 to 11:30 in the morning.

The Resource Speaker from GSIS was Officer I Delfin C. Badiong who discussed the programs of GSIS as a social insurance institution.  He rendered the three components of the insurance system as Enhanced Life Policy (ELP), Retirement Act and the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC).  He gave sample computations of retirement benefit and the basic monthly pension (BMC) that a member can avail depending on his or her average monthly computation (AMC), periods of premiums paid (PPP) and age at retirement.

“The topic is relevant since most of the staff is planning to retire soon.  With this information, somehow we have advance information on what to expect from the GSIS should we file for retirement this early,” said Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas.

“It is for this purpose that we have invited a resource person from GSIS to clarify our notions and misconceptions about the retirement benefits package in store for us from the insurance system,” continued Director Foncardas.

Aside from the lecture on the GSIS programs and services, Mr. Badiong updated the GSIS records of the personnel.

A tentative computation of retirement benefits for each of the staff was provided wherein the premise is if he or she retires on the day of the seminar, the cash payment payable at age 60 was detailed.

“The seminar was helpful to me because I was able to know my options if ever I decide to retire even if I am not yet at the age of retirement,” said Administrative Officer IV Hazel Caroche.   “I also got to know the benefits of my aunt who died before she was able to avail the cash payment equivalent to 5 years lump sum.  She had rendered 24 years in service at the hospital she is working with.”

“But if the member has less than 15 years in service, he or she cannot avail of the pension or the 18 months cash payment or the 5 years lump sum benefit.  He or she can avail the cash payment only.  But this is payable when he or she turns 60 years old,” added Administrative Aide VI Rolando J. Jetajobe.

Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Josephine Amaranto summed up the activity as applicable and significant.  “This activity is very relevant to us because we got updates from GSIS.  We also know now that it is only when one reaches 36 years of service can he or she avail the 90% of AMC as his or her monthly pension.  Before, I thought, it was 34 years.”

Administrative Assistant III Gloria Cope said that she now know how to compute the basic monthly pension.  “I came to know also that pensioners can also avail of loans under the CLASP Program or the Choice of Loan Amortization Schedule for Pensioners.  I thank Director Foncardas for initiating this very fruitful and enlightening activity.”

 

Prepared by:

 

EFLEDA A. HOURANI

Senior LEO/LIO-designate

 

 

APPROVED FOR RELEASE:

 

REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Regional Branch Director

Cluster TEE invigorates RCMB5 personnel

PRESS RELEASE

National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

29 September 2017

 

Legazpi City – As one of the activities in the continuous effort of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) to improve and develop the competency and capability of its officers and staff, the Central and Southern Luzon (SOLU) Clusters conducted the Team Enhancement Exercise (TEE) on September 6-8, 2017 held at Ouan’s The Farm Resort, Lucena City.

The activity aimed to increase the knowledge of participants on disaster awareness and preparedness, gender and development programs, and environmental conservation and protection.  It also aimed to tap and develop staff competency and capability through a strengthening team activity.

Some 43 participants from the different NCMB regional branches joined the exercise.

On the first day, a visit to a mangrove site at Barangay Castañas, Sariaya, Quezon was the foremost activity joined by the SOLU Cluster participants.  This was followed by a lecture/discussion on the topic “Mangroves: Life and Benefits” rendered by Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Arnold Carandang.  The participants were apprised on the need to care for the environment to minimize the effects of climate change through the tree-growing activity that they have conducted at the site sometime in December 2015.

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Amaranto cascades GAD learnings

PRESS RELEASE

National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

29 September 2017

 

Legazpi City – NCMB Regional Branch 5 Supervising Labor and Employment Officer (SupLEO) Josephine Amaranto cascaded the learnings she gained from the Gender and Development (GAD) seminar she attended last August 22-25, 2017 to her co-workers in the Branch.

In a one-day seminar intended solely for GAD-related topics and activities that was held at Balay Buhay sa Uma, Bulusan, Sorsogon on September 23, 2017, SupLEO Amaranto echoed all the teachings she learned about GAD.

“It has really been the commitment of the office to echo to personnel and staff what we learned from seminars or trainings we have attended,” said NCMB Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas.  “And since various initiatives have been promoted by the government to make our public service more gender responsive, it is but fitting that we set a time for discussion of GAD programs.  This is a concern of everyone.”

The activity was punctuated with power-point presentation, video-showing, workshop, role-playing, and open discussion.  Actual experiences on gender issues and opinions were shared by the participating employees.

The aim of the seminar is to increase awareness and advocacy for gender issues and the development of mechanisms for planning and implementation of GAD Programs.  Disseminating information on gender issues, mainstreaming the program in the services of the Branch and building capacities to provide assistance in establishing or improving facilities for women were some of the purposes by which the activity was conducted.

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RCMB5 joins CSC 117th anniversary celebration

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National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

29 September 2017

 

Legazpi City – In celebration of the 117th anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service, regional branch 5 of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) has lined up activities for the month of September 2017 to manifest its support to the nationwide festivities by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

“Guided by this year’s theme: Tugon sa Hamon ng Pagbabago: Malasakit ng Lingkod Bayani, the Branch had actively taken part in the anniversary celebration starting with the opening program on September 1,” said NCMB Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas.  “The Zumba Fitness Fundraiser for the Pamanang Lingkod Bayani (PLB) held at the Bicol University Grounds kicked off the anniversary celebration in the Region.  The activity also coincided with the National Crime Prevention Week Opening Program wherein we signed the Statement of Support affirming our commitment to participate and volunteer in the crime prevention programs and projects of the government to promote peace and order.  We can correlate this with our agency’s pledge to promote and maintain just and stable peace in the industry or the workplaces in private establishments through our mandate of conciliation and mediation.  So, it’s really a continuation of our program.  We also commit to ensure public safety and strengthen local government’s capability in the effective delivery of basic services to the citizenry.”

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