The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch -CAR and the Cordillera Association of Labor-Management Cooperation and Advocates of Voluntary Arbitration (CALMACAVAR) jointly recognized the soulful contributions of workers in the workplace during the virtual learning session on March 24-25, 2022.

In his message, Jefferd Monang, CALMACAVAR president vocally expressed his appreciation for the priceless efforts of both men and women in the workplace, as the region is currently recovering from this down economy.  “As we build our economy, we must recognize the invaluable contributions of both men and women. They have made a tremendous impact on our economy. The employees of both genders in every workplace are undeniably one of the pillars of the economy. It is but right that we recognize them as co-equal and deserving of needed assistance in the workplace,” he said.

Dir. Lourdes P. Estioco likewise encouraged the participants to continue contributing to rebuilding our economy. She said that “Each of you has a role to play, whether big or small, it will eventually help in the productivity of your organization.  So, men and women,  let us work together  to  rebuild our  post-pandemic economy.”

The threat of today’s uncertain times due to the COVID pandemic and the brewing war overseas had caused a domino effect of events and had inadvertently affected everyone’s personal and professional life. However, as the resource speaker, Dr. Dem Mamaat said, “By reminding each employee the soulfulness of their work, is a good starting point to achieve stability amidst all these challenges.”

There are two (2) invaluable take home in this learning:  “Ako ay sapat” (I am enough) and “Ako ay may silbi (I play a role).”  Mamaat made the participants realize that they are enough and have all the repertoire necessary for their work. They can further improve themselves for their personal growth as well as for the benefit of their workplace.  He also reminded them that regardless of the work they do, the soulfulness of one’s work needs to be remembered, especially in times when they feel worthless and daunted. “Be proud to say: You are enough. You played a role because you didn’t walk on the planet in vain. You blessed lives. You developed people, and you have made the world a better place,” he concluded.

Maggie B. Balagtey