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.


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EFLEDA A. HOURANI                                           REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Senior LEO/LIO-designate                                   Regional Branch Director