National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

26 March 2019



Legazpi City – Regional Branch 5 of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board conducted an area-wide seminar on its programs and services on 21 February 2019 at Fernando’s Hotel Bistro, Sorsogon City.

Around 26 participants attended the seminar.  This represented 21 unorganized companies in the vicinity of Sorsogon City.

Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas discussed the topics on Conciliation-Mediation program and Single-Entry Approach (SEnA) services wherein he emphasized the importance of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms as a mild form of intervention in resolving differences in the workplace.

The programs on Grievance Machinery and Voluntary Arbitration were tackled by Supervising Labor and Employment Officer (LEO) Josephine Amaranto.  She highlighted the series of formal steps that parties agree to take for the adjustment of their grievances with voluntary arbitration as the terminal step.

Senior LEO Efleda Hourani talked on Labor and Management Cooperation (LMC) program, also called Workplace Cooperation and Partnership (WCP).  She underscored the benefits of having joint mechanisms in the workplace where workers and management work hand-in-hand to accomplish their goals using mutually acceptable means.  She said that LMC or WCP improves the day to say working relationship of employees and employers and thus accomplish their specific shared objectives.

LEO III Hazel Caroche was assigned the topic on Workers’ Rights & Obligations and Management Prerogatives & Limitations.

“The objective of the seminar is to promote the different programs and services of the Board.  We hope that with this activity we will be able to sustain harmonious workplace relations among employees and management through continuous labor education,” said Director Foncardas.

“We also aim to facilitate the creation of LMCs and institutionalize Grievance Machinery procedures in these unorganized companies.  Based on the reactions from the participants and the queries raised by them on the topics just discussed, we believe that we can mainstream our programs particularly LMC and GM to some if not most of the companies represented,” continued Director Foncardas.

The NCMB was created under Executive Order No. 126 that reorganized the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).  The agency is tasked to formulate policies, develop plans and programs and set standards and procedures relative to the promotion of conciliation and mediation of labor disputes through preventive mediation, conciliation and voluntary arbitration; facilitation of labor-management cooperation through joint mechanisms for information sharing, effective communication and consultation and group problem-solving. – fin.


Prepared by:




Senior LEO/LIO-designate







Regional Branch Director