The Philippine Association on Voluntary Arbitration, Inc. (PAVA, Inc.) intensively promoted the voluntary arbitration (VA) program in the Cordillera Administrative Region. This was done in a luncheon press conference with the local media on April 22, 2017 at the Garnet Hall, Hotel Supreme, Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City.

PAVA President Allan S. Montano highlighted VA as an alternative mode in dispute resolution. He focused on the benefits of the program being non-litigious, less costly and speedy procedure in resolving grievances as compared to compulsory arbitration.

In response to the query of the media regarding the reception of the program in the region, RCMB-CAR Director Brenda Rose C. Odsey provided the statistics on the VA cases handled and decided by the voluntary arbitrators. Data in the national level were also afforded by Atty. Rhonda Malimban, Technical Services Division head of NCMB. Other questions raised were prudently answered by the other PAVA officers and the  NCMB officials present.

Apart from the press conference, a board meeting was conducted. The PAVA officers discussed some programs to further uphold the plans of the Association. They were also treated to a plant tour at the Manor at Camp John Hay, one of the winners of the 2015 Search for Outstanding LMC.

Also present during the officer’s meeting were Engr. Florencio Bentrez and Atty. Tomas Gorospe, accredited voluntary arbitrators in CAR.

Maggie B. Balagtey