REGIONAL CONVENTION A SUCCESS AMIDST THE PANDEMIC

Even the pandemic has no control to the eagerness of the CALABARZON Region in aiming to sustain industrial peace through Labor- Management Cooperation and Grievance machinery.

One hundred thirty-one companies represented by both labor and management attended the RCMB 4A Regional Convention of LMC’s and GM’s. This year’s convention is a combination of the commencement of the regional search for the most outstanding LMC and GM for industrial peace and a learning session that tackles topics about communication and organizational justice, among others.

Mr. Teofilo Colocado, President of PHILAMCOP gave the welcome address. He stressed that during these trying times both labor and management should strengthen their cooperation to minimize or alleviate the impact of the pandemic.

Director Edgar Aquino, RCMB 4A Regional Branch Head also welcomed the participants. Dir. Aquino’s message focused on the importance of LMC’s and GM’s and how both labor and management can benefit on these. He conveyed his gratitude to all the participant’s efforts and support to the Board’s advocacy and undertakings He reminded everyone to bridge the gaps and strengthen workplace relations.

DOLE 4A Regional Director Nathaniel Exequiel Guzman also graced the event. Dir. Guzman also gave emphasis to the open communication of labor and management that can lead to economic sustenance and industrial peace. He also encouraged every company to showcase their program during the pandemic and be a source of inspiration to others.

An inspiring message was given by Deputy Executive Director Teresita E. Audea. She said that during this pandemic, not only our work changed but all aspects of life. She shared that the search for the most outstanding LMC and GM was pursued to showcase the hand-in-hand cooperation of both management and labor to overcome the challenges brought about by the pandemic. She thanked Regional Branch 4A in sustaining and promoting LMC and GM for a continuous industrial peace in the region.

            The learning session followed afterwards. Ms. Cielo Marte-Presas was the first lecturer. Her topic focused on how communication can be a of help in Labor-Management Cooperation. She discussed the ways how can both parties attain success through proper communication. She also gave tips on how communication can be utilized to minimize issues in the workplace and resolve grievances. She also acknowledged how LMC worked during her stint as an HR executive for different multinational companies like Ginebra San Miguel Corp.

            After her discussion, Ms. Julie Rodriguez, Chief of NCMB Workplace Relations Enhancement Division (WRED) and Atty. Kim Marie Roque-Aquino, Chief of Voluntary Arbitration Division (VAD) shared the criteria and guidelines for the Search of the Most Outstanding LMC and GM, respectively.

Audio-visual presentations of the past winners were presented to inspire other companies to join the search.

The afternoon session was the much-awaited lecture of then DOLE Undersecretary and now an Accredited Voluntary Arbitrator Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez. Atty JBJ as he is fondly called, gave a talk on management prerogatives and worker’s rights in this time of pandemic. His very engageable discussion made the attendees requested for an overtime for his lecture. Though very technical, his lecture was very understandable and logical. He did not only share his knowledge but also his own experiences when dealing with organizational justice.  

The attendees remained active and engaged until the end of the webinar. To end the fruitful event, closing messages were given by two of our LMC advocates, Mr. Ruel Punzalan, President of Philippine Metal Association and 1st District of Quezon Board Member Alona V. Obispo. Both of them shared that through cooperation, all things are possible especially in this time of pandemic.

End/San Andres2021