The National Conciliation and Mediation Board –Cordillera Administrative Region, in convergence with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-CAR, held an online seminar for the members of the Cordillera Association of Labor- Management Cooperation and Advocates of Voluntary Arbitration (CALMAVACAR) on August 19, 2020. The webinar aims to familiarize and update the participants on the latest issuances of the DOLE.  It was attended by 173 representatives from 60 private companies both organized and unorganized sectors.

The discussion revolved on the following: 1.) Policies on the issuance of the DOLE Certificate as a requirement for the application for payment of unemployment insurance, 2.)  Guidelines of mental health workplace policies and programs, 3.) Labor advisories on the payment of final pay and issuance of a certificate of employment, 4.) Clarification on the non-inclusion of the one-month enhanced community quarantine period on the six-month probationary period, 5.) Employment preservation upon the resumption of business operation, 6.) Costs of COVID-19 Prevention and Control Measures, and 7.) Distribution of collected service charge in relation to non-diminution of benefits.

The seminar was an opportunity for the Department to discuss and clarify the issues and concerns of the attendees and to help them have a clearer and uniform interpretation and understanding of the said topics.   It also facilitated the sharing of their practices and experiences in the implementation of DOLE directives in their respective organizations.

Dr. Emerito A. Narag, Baguio-Benguet Provincial Head of the DOLE-CAR concluded his lecture with the bonus topic on the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-04, s. 2020 of the Department of Trade and Industry and the DOLE, the Supplemental Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19.   Narag said that this Circular was just recently discussed by the concerned agencies with the Local Government of Baguio City.

Maggie Balagtey