The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board – Cordillera Administrative Region (RCMB-CAR) came up with a very satisfactory performance for attaining its major performance outputs   for CY 2020.

 The Branch diligently delivered its programs and services which resulted in the  establishment of 19 Labor-Management Cooperation (LMC) and  19 Grievance Machinery (GM) mechanisms. 106 LMCs and GMs were also enhanced during the year.  These gave the Branch a high marking of 110 percent accomplishment rating on facilitation/institutionalization and enhancement. With these undertakings, labor and management relations in the region were improved, which led to a zero (0) incidence of notice of strike and only 2.26 % incidence of preventive mediation (PM) cases involving companies with LMC and GM were recorded.

CAR also did well in the settlement of conciliation-mediation cases. 100 % of the Request for Assistance (RFA) or Single Entry Approach (SEnA) cases received were settled by the assigned SENA Designate Officers (SEADOs). All SENA cases were settled within the process cycle time (PCT). On the other hand, the five (5)  PM cases filed and handled were likewise settled and disposed of by the Region. Among the PM cases handled, one (1) was docketed during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period, resulting in the resolution of the case beyond the required PCT.  

Two (2) voluntary arbitration (VA) cases were monitored for the year. Both were handled by AVA Tomas B. Gorospe. One VA case was decided after 21 days from receipt of the case. One remains pending, giving the Branch only a 50% disposition rate.

While the  labor case management program particularly the disposition of VA case and  timely resolution of cases is  lower than the Region’s  target of 100% accomplishment rating, RCMB-CAR Director Lourdes P. Estioco said it is in itself something to boast about, considering the abnormal work conditions as a result of the continued coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Accomplishing our targets in the middle of this COVID-19 pandemic is something we should be proud of. Results are driven by the organization’s commitment combined with the positive responses from our social partners,”  Dir. Estioco said.

Maggie B. Balagtey