As partners in the promotion of industrial peace in the region, the Cordillera Association of Labor-Management and Advocates of Voluntary Arbitration (CALMACAVAR) and the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch-CAR, enhanced their bond during the 2nd quarter meeting cum teambuilding on April 7, 2022, at the Pooten Hotspring Resort, Asin, Tuba, Benguet.

This activity came about as pressing issues and concerns piled up resulting from the absence of face-to-face meetings due to the pandemic. As the lockdown brought a toll on everyone’s mental health, the group decided to meet and go about with an activity to answer these issues and at the same time enhance the camaraderie among the officers and Branch personnel.

During the event, Mr. Jefferd Monang of Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) and the Association’s President, thanked his co-officers for their cooperation saying all were faced with a challenge leading the organization at the onset of the pandemic.

Mr. Monang headed the review and the eventual update and revision of the Association’s current constitution and by-laws.  “We need to go through the stipulations one after the other as some of these are no longer applicable and that duties and responsibilities should be itemized to give the concerned officer a definite scope of his/her duties”, he said as he addressed the group.

Further, the president proposed the preparation and adoption of various relevant resolutions.  Possible topics for the second-semester area-wide seminar were likewise suggested.

Meanwhile, RCMB-CAR Director Lourdes P. Estioco encouraged the officers to review their plan of activities for implementation.  “I hope that you continue working together. Please, revisit the CALMACAVAR activities you had planned for the year and implement them. This is just the second of the five (5) projects you had accomplished,” she said.

This endeavor was a conclusion of the association’s first quarterly meeting and yearly planning held in the Branch’s Conference Room early this year.  Eight officers and four branch personnel contributed to the success of this first off-site activity in more than two years.

Lyla Jane B. Tacio