National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

27 February 2019


Legazpi City – There’s always something to look forward to whenever former Executive Director IV of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) visits a place.

The officers and staff of the regional branch welcomed with enthusiasm the arrival of retired ED4 Reynaldo Ubaldo in Legazpi City to fulfill a speaking engagement requested by the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office V (DOLEROV).

Ubaldo was invited as one of the speakers during the DOLEROV “Training for SEADOs and General Labor Standards Hearing Officers” held at Christian John Resort, Malbog, Cumadcad, Pilar, Sorsogon on 12 February 2019.  He discussed Single Entry Approach (SEnA) Procedures under Department Order No. 151-16 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10396, or “An Act Strengthening Conciliation-Mediation as a Voluntary Mode of Dispute Settlement for All Labor Cases.”

In consonance with the topic, Ubaldo also tackled techniques in conciliation and mediation and the behavioral and skills requirements of a Single-Entry Assistance Desk Officer (SEADO).

After the discussion, mock conciliation and mediation scenarios were presented by the participants to gauge the learnings from the training.

About 40 participants from DOLEROV and attached agencies attended the training including four representatives from NCMB Regional Branch 5.

The training aims to equip the attendees with the necessary skills to improve the performance of the region in terms of disposition and settlement rates considering the increasing loads of request for assistance (RFAs) received and filed at the concerned offices.  It also intends to apprise the participants on General Labor Standards (GLS) and Occupational Safety and Health Standards (SHS) in preparation for their designation as hearing officers.

NCMB5 Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas said that former Executive Director Ubaldo was chosen as the speaker for the topic on SEnA because of his expertise on the subject matter.  “Having been with the NCMB ever since its inception, Director Ubaldo is a living legend for us because of his numerous contributions to the agency in terms of conciliation and mediation,” Foncardas narrated.

“He had crafted various policies for the early settlement of cases and set-up programs and services relative to our mandate of promoting and maintenance of industrial peace through preventive approaches to labor disputes.  He also instituted alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.”

“He was also an instrument in putting up associations or organizations such as the Labor and Management Industrial Peace Advocates (LAMIPA) and the Bicol Industrial Grievance Machinery Advocates (BIGMA) in Bicol as well as in other regions.  He once served as Regional Branch Director of NCMB Region 5,” Foncardas said.

According to Supervising Labor and Employment Officer (SupLEO) Josephine Amaranto, “Director Ubaldo imparts conciliation-mediation techniques that assist us in our work as SEADOs.”

“He is generous in sharing his knowledge and expertise in conciliation-mediation,” said LEO3 Hazel Caroche.  “He is generous not only with sharing his abundance financially but with nurturing our neophyte minds with successful experiences regarding settling of disputes.

The SEnA is a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation process that provides a speedy, impartial, inexpensive and accessible settlement services for unresolved issues or complaints arising from employer-employee relations. – fin


Prepared by:                                                             APPROVED FOR RELEASE:


EFLEDA A. HOURANI                                            REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Senior LEO/LIO-designate                                     Regional Branch Director