National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

12 March 2018


Legazpi City – As part of mainstreaming gender and development programs to its stakeholders, the National Conciliation and Mediation Board – Regional Branch 5 (NCMB-RB5), in coordination with its social partners, the Labor and Management Industrial Peace Advocates (LAMIPA) and Organization of Grievance Machinery Advocates (OGMA) spearheaded a whole day seminar on March 7, 2018 on Gender and Development (GAD).

More than ninety attendees from different management and labor representatives of organized and unorganized private companies in the region trooped to Hotel St. Ellis in Legazpi City to participate in the seminar.  Topics on Anti-Sexual Harassment Act, Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act, Basic Human Rights, and Workplace Harassment Prevention were presented.  Other topics included were programs on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Welfare, DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment and Workers’ Organization and Development.

After the preliminary ceremonies, Admin Officer IV Hazel Caroche levelled out the expectations of the participants vis-à-vis the objectives of the seminar.  After which, the activity was formally opened by OGMA President Hazel Conda of Energy Development Corporation-BacMan Geothermal Business Unit.

To kick-off the said gathering, Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas delivered the opening message with gusto and suave thanking the participants to continually support and adhere to conciliation and mediation as a means of achieving peace in the industry.

An overview of the programs on Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms was rendered by Supervising Labor and Employment Officer (LEO) Josephine Amaranto.  Professors from Bicol University College of Social Sciences and Philosophy were the resource speakers on GAD topics.  Director Elaine Salazar of the BU Center for GAD talked about Enhancing Awareness on Gender and Development and Magna Carta of Women.

Also, a faculty member from BUCSSP Sociology Department, Professor Glenton Guiriba delivered a very informative lecture on Republic Act 7877 also known as “An Act Declaring Sexual Harassment Unlawful in the Employment, Education or Training Environment, and for other Purposes” and Workplace Harassment Prevention.  The participants were entertained and impressed with the way the lecturer interject humour in his presentation.

In the afternoon, Gracita Parado, Senior LEO from DOLE V discussed Workers’ Organization Development Program and touched a little on DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) while Raymond Cres Avengoza, LEO III also from DOLE V, shared about Family Welfare Program.

The seminar was ended with a closing message from LAMIPA President Dante Encinas of Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative (SORECO II).

As scheduled, after the seminar, a General Assembly of members of LAMIPA and OGMA was conducted.  The scheduled Election of Officers was not pushed through because there were some proposals on the merger of LAMIPA and OGMA as one association.  Thus, members of the Board of Trustees decided to conduct a separate meeting on April 20 to resolve the proposal and suggestion regarding the merger. – contributed by Jennifer Mae A. Novela


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EFLEDA A. HOURANI                                           REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Senior LEO/LIO-designate                                   Regional Branch Director