National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

31 January 2018


Legazpi City – The two social partners of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board Regional Branch 5 (NCMB RB5) jointly held first quarter meeting of officers and board members.  The Labor and Management Industrial Peace Advocates (LAMIPA) and Organization of Grievance Machinery Advocates (OGMA) met to discuss plans and projects for year 2018.  Despite the threat of Mayon Volcano’s ash falls in route to the venue, the meeting was attended by 16 officers representing 10 private companies.

Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas opened the meeting with a reminder for the group to prioritize the registration of OGMA at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) so that they can earn funds for mobilization of their activities.  He also advised to clear all papers with concerned government agencies so that they can facilitate the conduct of seminars and handle the finances of their respective organizations.  He recommended to the participants to create a pool of resource speakers or a speakers’ bureau where they can be tapped as resource persons during seminars or conferences.  In this way, he said, the associations will garner more funds.

There was a suggestion to merge the two associations into one since according to them they have related purposes and objectives.  The member-companies are the same and the activities conducted usually are merged with the two associations.  Another suggestion is to work-out on maintaining LAMIPA since most of the members are sentimental about it.  Possible names for the new organization were identified.  Ultimately, it was agreed to maintain LAMIPA after clarifications from BIR and SEC that there is a high probability of reconstructing the lost documents of LAMIPA.

Four area-wide seminars are scheduled for the year to be conducted by the Branch in coordination the two associations.  Topics suggested were Para-Legal, Workforce Diversity, and Gender and Development (GAD) to include Anti-Sexual Harassment Act, Anti-Violence Against Women and Children, Basic Human Rights, and Workplace Harassment Prevention.

Other matters advocated were DILEEP or DOLE Integrated Livelihood Employment and Enhancement Program; Family Welfare program; Occupational Safety and Health or Workplace Safety; Business Continuity Management (BCM) program plus background on how to craft BCM plan and to include best practices; Crisis Management; Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs; Time Management and Productivity.

Other activities lined-up for the year include benchmarking/plant-visit at Energy Development Corporation, BacMan, Sorsogon that will consist of plant tour to eco-tourism sites in the viciity.  This is temporarily scheduled on April 20, 2018.

Likewise, Educational Tour and Team Building was scheduled on April 21, 2018.

The group was also reminded that a General Assembly to be followed by Election of Officers will be held in the afternoon of March 7, 2018 after the GAD and DILEEP seminar.

Meanwhile, Ms Aissa Sabio of Philippine Geothermal Production Company (PGPC) reported that she was able to go to the offices of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).  She was assured that pending the submission of requirements they will issue the necessary papers being requested from them.

Director Foncardas then assigned the technical staff to assist in whatever they can to get the necessary documents needed for the submission of requirement to SEC and BIR.  With this note, the meeting adjourned at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon.


Prepared by:                                                             APPROVED FOR RELEASE:



EFLEDA A. HOURANI                                           REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Senior LEO/LIO-designate                                   Regional Branch Director