The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch-Cordillera Administrative Region (RCMB-CAR), in partnership with the Cordillera Advocates of Labor-Management Cooperation and Voluntary Arbitration, Inc. (CALMACAVAR), celebrated Women’s Month through a virtual learning session on March 24-25, 2022 via zoom.  The said seminar was participated in by 171 employees and management representatives from the different establishments in the region.

The timing of the webinar entitled “Rebuilding the post-pandemic era through sustainable livelihood, gender equality, and labor education,” coincided with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions and the return of more workers to the workplace. 

RCMB-CAR Director Lourdes P. Estioco shared that most establishments in Baguio are now operating at 100% capacity necessitating the need to retool employees and management to ensure the maintenance of industrial peace in every workplace. “This advocacy seminar is our contribution to rebuilding our economy. It is aimed towards the enrichment of participants’ knowledge on labor laws, and gender and development as well as ignite their entrepreneurial spirit and skills, ” she said.

In the discussions, Dr. Rolando M. Mamaat, Jr. inspired and motivated the participants with his lecture themed “Ako ay sapat, Ako ay may silbi: Recognizing the soulful work of men and women in the workplace.” In his presentation, he underscored that though workers have different functions and roles, together they will spell the survival of the organization. “Whatever position you have in an organization, you are the right person for the job and you have to play your roles very well,” he opined.

Aulivia Joy Ong, an entrepreneur, discussed and demonstrated some ways to prepare milk tea and coffee jelly beverages. Responses from the participants indicated their delight in knowing that they can start a milk tea and coffee jelly business with only P5,000.00 capital. 

“Inclusion of livelihood training in seminars is NCMB’s way of supporting the attainment of the objectives of the Zero Hunger Program of the government (E.O. No. 101). Likewise, providing possible livelihood programs to Family Welfare Committees is a means of enhancing labor-management cooperation in the region,” said Sup. Labor and Employment Officer Maggie Balagtey.

Meanwhile, in convergence with DOLE-CAR, topics on DOLE issuances and latest Supreme Court Jurisprudence on Labor concluded the 2-day activity.

DOLE-CAR Senior LEO Gil M. Datayan discussed and expounded some important DOLE issuances. These include guidelines on final pay, issuance of a certificate of employment, isolation and quarantine leaves, payment of wages for employees who accompany their children for vaccination, and suspension of employment relationship.

Atty. Anthony A. Wooden, Assistant Regional Director of DOLE-CAR, shared his expertise on the latest jurisprudence. He cited some cases that caught the attention of the participants.

The whole duration of the seminar saw the active participation of the participants. A lot of queries were answered by the speakers.

To show their appreciation, the participants commended the Branch for providing free webinars as trainings of this kind are very much needed in the workplace.

Gabriel P. Bayao