Thank you NCMB for sharing with us the guidelines in setting up a grievance management structure. It was a realization that grievance procedure and grievance handling are being advocated by NCMB,” Ms. Maria Rosario R. Lopez, Executive Director of JVOFI said in her message during the Conciliation and Mediation Training Workshop.

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JVOFI and PMFTC engaged the support and partnership of NCMB-CAR in training barangay captains, farmers, and farm workers on grievance management, conciliation, and mediation on October 29, 2015 at Estrella del Mar, Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur. Ms. Cresencia M. Pawingi and Cesar D. Cacayuran facilitated the training and workshop.

The training is a wakeup call for us barangay captains. If the grievance structure and grievance handling will be institutionalized in the community, the case loads of barangay captains will be lessened,” a barangay captain from Ilocos Sur remarked during the closing ceremonies.

The training and workshop included role playing of frequently encountered cases on child labor, wages, environmental advocacy, and occupational health and safety. The participants were enlightened on their role as conciliator-mediators at their level.

 “Thank you JVOFI for including us in this training on grievance management, conciliation, and mediation. It sharpened our knowledge, skills, and attitudes in conciliating and mediating cases filed before us. We agree with the speakers from NCMB that settling issues and concerns should be resolved at the lowest level,” another barangay captain said.

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Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Inc.  (JVOFI)   is the implementing arm of PMFTC in delivering its programs and services to the tobacco-growing communities in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and Occidental Mindoro.

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Conversely, Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Company (PMFTC) collaborates with JVOFI to promote Good Agricultural Practices Guidelines & Assessment (GAPGA) and the Agricultural Labor Practices (ALP) Code to the tobacco-growing communities in the country.  To implement these GAPGA and ALP programs, JVOFI conducts information dissemination through trainings, seminars, workshops to ensure that safe working environment, standard farming techniques and productive farm practices are implemented in the tobacco-growing communities.  Cresencia M. Pawingi, LIO-CAR