National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

31 July 2018


“There is a whole new kind of life ahead, full of experiences just waiting to happen.  Some call it ‘retirement’.  I call it ‘bliss’.” – Betty Sullivan

“Retirement is wonderful if you have two essentials – much to live on and much to live for.” – Unknown


Legazpi City – One of the pioneer employees of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Branch 5 (NCMB-RB5) Mrs Gloria Cope finally gets to enjoy her retirement effective July 13, 2018 at the compulsory age of 65.

The Directorate and staff of NCMB-RB5 recently bid goodbye to one of its hard-working, dedicated and longest-serving employee in a sentiments-filled but fitting ceremony especially dedicated to her.

Ms Cope worked in the Branch Office since its inception in January 1988 or for more than 30 years now.  Prior to this, she was employed at the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office V (DOLEROV) as Stenographer from 1978 till 1982.  Then she was promoted to Steno Reporter.  After nine years of service at DOLEROV, she grabbed the chance of being employed at NCMB with the same position as Steno Reporter.  After some time, she moved up the ranks to become its Administrative Assistant III, handling designations, aside from being an expert Steno-Reporter, but positions such as Supply Officer; and lately, for quite some time now, as Cashier.

In an emotional send-off party organized by the Branch in her honour, staff members gave their sweet and memorable messages.  One of the highlights of which is the message of Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas in which he acknowledged the retiree’s dedication and remarkable work ethics which put some tears of joy to the eyes of the honouree.  At the same time, Director Foncardas encouraged other employees to do the same and work diligently.  Other co-employees spoke and praised the services of Cope and wished her a happy and healthy retirement.

According to one grantee of the Government Incentive Program (GIP), he was amazed at how fast but accurately Mrs Cope types at the computer keyboard and typewriter even without looking at the keys.  Driver Ronnie Espinosa said he will surely miss his Ate Glo since she is his constant companion and passenger in the government vehicle to do her job as Cashier.  Others say they were inspired by Ate Glo’s taste of fashion, coming in the office in fashionable clothes and fitting outfits that always look well on her.  She is the only “fashionista” in the group.

In her speech, Cope said she is grateful for all the experiences she learned and shared with co-workers during her stay at NCMB.  She also thanked everyone especially Director Foncardas for the special occasion rendered in her honour.

During the Luzon Cluster 2018 Team Enhancement Exercise held at Dawal Beach Resort, one occasion was celebrated in honour of retirees.  On July 5, Cope together with Region I OIC Director II Lucita O. Caudilla were given accolades for their untiring service to the Board.

In a private conversation with some co-workers of the Branch, Cope confided, “I am so elated by this celebration and I feel so lucky that I was able to retire and given recognition in the presence of so many Directors and with top officials of the Board including former well-loved and respected NCMB Executive Director Buenaventura Magsalin.”

Mrs Cope retired from active government service after rendering 39 years of service. –contributed by Jennifer Mae A. Novela.



Reviewed by:



EFLEDA A. HOURANI                                                                  

Senior LEO/LIO-designate







Regional Branch Director