“Resilience: Moving on Positively through LMC”, this theme signalled the resumption of the face-to-face area-wide seminar in the Cordilleras on August 19 at The Orchard Hotel, Legarda Road, Baguio City. The success of the undertaking is credited to the continuous partnership of the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch – Cordillera Administrative Region (RCMB-CAR) and the Cordillera Association of Labor-Management Cooperation and Advocates of Voluntary Arbitration, Inc. (CALMACAVAR, INC.).

One Hundred Fourteen (114) labor and management representatives from 49 business establishments eagerly flocked the venue for the one-day learning session.

Mr. Jefferd Monang welcomed the participants by asking the question, “Kanino ka bumabangon?” He said that knowing the reasons why you wake up every morning will help you continue to be dedicated at work especially when faced with a lot of challenges.

In her opening remarks, Director Lourdes P. Estioco of RCMB-CAR mentioned the advantages of having a face-to-face (F2F) discussion as against the virtual session which was the mode for the last 2 ½ years due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. She said that virtual session presents a lot of challenges like slow internet connectivity and work-related disturbances.  “Concentration and active participation are needed when topics to be discussed are geared towards enhancing harmonious relations to sustain a peaceful industrial relations climate in workplaces,” she added.

Four interesting and timely topics were put together to create a vibrant learning atmosphere.  These include Marketing Strategies, Business Continuity, and Resiliency Plan and the New Wage Order, Emotional Quotient Literacy, and Updates on PhilHealth.

The subject on strategies is a follow through of the various livelihood trainings the Branch previously had.  Ms. Aulivia Ong, who once demonstrated milk tea preparation, discussed how branding works.  Further, she went on to enumerate marketing objectives and approaches.  She concluded her talk by stressing the importance of the different venues for marketing online.

The discussion on Business Continuity and Resiliency Plan revolved around the Two-Tiered Wage System and Business Continuity Plan. Atty. Marvie M. Fulgencio, Board Secretary VI of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-CAR, shared and answered queries on Wage Order No. CAR-21, wage distortion, and productivity incentive schemes. She was able to present how to manage compensation amidst a covid-19 economy.

The hierarchy of the types of intelligence served as a premise for Dr. Rolando Mamaat’s lecture on Emotional Quotient.  He pointed out that while the intelligence quotient gets us through school, it’s the emotional quotient that gets us through life.  In addition, he comprehensively described the characteristics of a person to qualify as emotionally literate.  For one to be considered adept at emotions, he/she should recognize his/her emotion as it happens, knows how to manage it, and at the same time use it to motivate. 

Updates on PhilHealth winded up the session. Ms. Janet Palaez, Chief Social Health Insurance Officer of PhilHealth-CAR, imparted the important aspects of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 11223 or the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law. She identified the differences before the implementation of UHC and under UHC in terms of Population coverage, Service Coverage, and Financial Coverage. 

A union officer who is a first-time participant in a seminar like this said, “Mayat ti kastoy a klase ti seminar. Adu ti  naadal ko. ” (This type of seminar is good. I learned a lot.) He added that he will pursue its replication in their workplace.

Gabriel P. Bayao