PRESS RELEASE

National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

27 March 2018

 

Legazpi City – As agreed during the February 28, 2018 meeting of the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office (DOLEROV) Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC), the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch (RCMB) – 5 hosted the March 21 Full Council meeting held at the Branch Office at Aquende Drive, Legazpi City.

Aside from the DOLEROV, there were seven attached agencies that were represented, namely, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration-Regional Satellite Office (POEA-RSO)-5, Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB)-5, Occupational Safety and Health Center-Regional Extension Unit (OSHC-REU)-5,  National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), National Labor Relations Commission-Regional Arbitration Branch (NLRC-RAB)-5, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office (OWWA-RWO)-5 and RCMB5.

DOLEROV Regional Director and Chair Exequiel Sarcauga presided the meeting.

The agenda included the RCC proposed activities for CY 2018 that includes Labor Day Job Fair, tagged as Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan in which all member agencies are encouraged to actively participate.  The Tripartite Efficiency and Integrity Board (TEIB) shall hold meeting together with the RCC as both convergence programs have the same members with TEIB agenda to be discussed first.  Update on the assistance to the beneficiaries affected by the Mayon Volcano eruption was also discussed wherein an additional six million is requested to augment the original budget inasmuch as there were more than profiled beneficiaries from the original target.  OWWA Regional Director Samuel Madrid reported that their office had extended calamity assistance to a total of 8,408 beneficiaries amounting to PhP19.473M.

Regarding the Bicol One-Stop-Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO), it was suggested that regular employees be the one to man the booths in order answer queries and issue clarifications on matters affecting the OFW so that they can give concrete information regarding their concerns.

RCMB5 Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas, the host agency head, reported on the Convergence Programs being implemented together with partner agencies such as the OSHC, DOLE and RTWPB.  Citing the memorandum of agreement signed by NCMB and NWPC, the RCMB5 will provide RTWPB5 with a list of establishments in the region with Labor and Management Cooperation (LMC) programs where RTWPB5 may provide technical assistance for the adoption or implementation of performance-based incentive schemes specifically the two-tiered wage system (TTWS). The RTWPB5 will likewise provide the RCMB5 with a list of establishments that had been recipients or had been extended with their services pursuant to its mandate and give feedback on interventions provided or introduced.

The RCC was established by virtue of DOLE Administrative Order No. 219 in 1987 for the purpose of ensuring a more coordinated and effective delivery of DOLE services in all regions.  The DOLE Regional Director is the Chair and heads of attached agencies as members.  Among others, the function of the RCC as embodied in the AO is to assist each regional agencies in improving the delivery of services of the DOLE and its attached agencies; share financial, manpower and other physical resources with each other, as may be necessary and as may be possible, with the end in view of optimizing the utilization of all DOLE resources toward a more efficient and effective delivery of service; exchange information on matters affecting each other, as well as on matters coming from the central head quarters or from other government entities; to give feedback to each other on delivery of services of each DOLE office in the region; identify problems affecting operations of regional offices of DOLE proper and those of the attached agencies; propose solutions to the problems identified; and assess developments in the region particularly those affecting labor and employment.  The RCC should at least meet once a month.  In the case of Region 5, it is scheduled every 3rd Tuesday of the month.

 

Prepared by:                                                               APPROVED FOR RELEASE:

 

 

EFLEDA A. HOURANI                                              REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Senior LEO/LIO-designate                                      Regional Branch Director