“The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch-Cordillera Administrative Region (RCMB-CAR) is happy to announce the facilitation and institutionalization of CARD Bank, Inc.’s Labor-Management Cooperation and Grievance Machinery (LMC-GM) on September 23, 2021. These are the Baguio City and La Trinidad Branches.” Director Estioco said in her report.

The Microfinance company’s two (2) branches were visited and oriented on the Board’s three program areas. The first engagement with the Baguio branch was in 2019 for consultation and profiling. A follow-up visit was made on August 20. The new management was eager to learn about these workplace cooperation mechanisms of the Board. These interactions resulted in a face-to-face plant-level orientation with seven of its management and labor representatives.

On September 2, 2021, Ms. Lyla Jane Tacio visited the La Trinidad branch with the hope of introducing the Board’s programs. Mr. Domedio S. Sipol, Jr., Area Manager, warmly accommodated her. Since then, a series of walk-in visits and information sharing through messaging services ensued. As a result, the management agreed to have pre-facilitation and plant level orientations within days of each other.

These plant-level orientations resulted in the finalization of their LMC structure which will ensure the participation of both labor and management representatives in all projects, plans, and activities of the Bank.

Both branches are open to having a joint orientation for members of the different committees. Said orientation will help them understand their functions and guide them in the preparation of their action plans.

Ms. Maggie Balagtey, Supervising Labor and Employment Officer, thanked Ms. Tacio for her efforts in this endeavor. She assured her all-out support and said that “I’ll be with you to nurture and enhance these newly structured workplace mechanisms.”

Regional Branch Director Lourdes P. Estioco lauded the technical staff for this accomplishment. She, however, reminded them to take extra caution as the effect of the pandemic is coming closer to home.

Lyla Jane B. Tacio