Baguio City. Establishing Labor Management Cooperation (LMC) and Grievance Machinery (GM) in most Korean schools is a challenge. Most Koreans fail to adjust and to adopt with the labor laws of the Philippines. Furthermore, the cultural differences and communication barriers make LMC and GM facilitation and institutionalization difficult, but not with D’ Hundred Times Academy.

In one of the area-wide seminars hosted by the Branch in March 2014, new attendees were introduced to the members of the Cordillera Association of Labor Management Cooperation and Advocates of Voluntary Arbitration (CALMACAVAR), the Region’s Association of LMC and GM practitioners. Sharing and brainstorming were conducted about the programs and accomplishments of the association.

Convinced with the benefits and advantages of the CALMACAVAR members, Eleanor Fernandez, D’ Hundred Times Academy principal asked “How can I become a member of the CALMACAVAR”? In reply, Sup. LEO Pawingi explained that the NCMB determines the membership in the association. The establishment needs to be an LMC-GM practitioner and must have a structured and active LMC-GM mechanism.

During the 2nd quarter of 2014, RCMB-CAR staff Cresencia M. Pawingi and Maggie B. Balagtey made a plant visit to the school. During the visit, a basic orientation on the programs of the Board was conducted. Enlightened with the programs, Pastor Jun Sung Lee, owner and Ms. Fernandez gladly said that they will create their LMC committees.

Several follow-up visits were conducted to help create the LMC committees based on the needs of the academy. DOLE Administrative Order 618 s., 2014, which instructs the issuance of Certificate of Compliance on labor relations for establishments with active LMCs and GMs, was also presented and explained.

Finally, in January 2015, the school created their LMC structure. The LMC committees are Grievance, Safety and Health, Family Welfare, Sports and Recreation and Awards and Recognition. The chairpersons and members were selected for each committee. The teachers are now involved in various LMC activities.

Fernandez hoped that that with the establishment of LMC-GM mechanisms in the school, harmonious working relations will be sustained. These mechanisms will help achieve its goals to enable students acquire adequate academic preparations and trainings. It will also provide them with practical and appropriate skills as well as spiritual and moral values, which are essential in building strong communities.

D’ Hundred Times Academy is a Korean School established on June 18, 2011. Its name is principled from the Bible, particularly in the book of Matthew 13: 18-23, the Parable of the Sower where God wants us to produce the crops a “hundred, sixty or thirty times.” Inspired by the Parable, Pastor Lee and his wife Grace Lee, came to the Philippines to produce crops thru education. Ms. Fernandez helped the couples plant the seeds of learning.

The school started with High School Department and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. After a year, the Elementary Department started operating in response to the requests of parents.

The Branch will not stop here. The staff will continue to enhance and further cultivate the LMC and GM seeds it had planted in the institution.   Maggie B. Balagtey & Lyla Jane B. Tacio