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LEARNING NEVER STOPS IN CAVITE AMIDST PANDEMIC

Capacity building and continuous education on labor laws issuances did not stop in DOLE Cavite Provincial Office (CPO) despite this current pandemic situation. Since 2020, during the peak of the pandemic, DOLE CPO continuously organizes and hosts learning sessions and policy orientations to various stakeholders in the province via online platforms. Indeed, the new normal in the world of learning has always been in front of our computers and mobile gadgets.

However, classification of community quarantine changes from time to time. Fast forward to June 2021, the classification of community quarantine in the NCR Bubble Plus, wherein the province of Cavite is included, has been lower down to General Community Quarantine (GCQ). With that classification, face-to-face trainings are once again allowed, but with certain conditions, especially when it comes to observance of physical distancing and wearing of face mask and face shield.



On June 23, 2021, DOLE CPO held a capacity building seminar under the Workers’ Organization Development Program at Conservatory Hall, Sonya Garcia’s Secret Cottage Restaurant Inc. It was attended by 65 participants from the management and labor sector coming from 18 companies.

To comply with the requirement of physical distancing, the activity was conducted in a conference hall with a capacity of up to maximum of 250 participants. Less than half of its capacity was occupied and everyone was required to wear face masks and face shields during the activity. The microphone used by the resource speakers was covered with disposable face mask and was changed after very module. Alcohols were also visible in all tables at the conservatory hall. Lastly, questions from the participants were collected through the use of pen and paper instead of the usual Q&A method.

In his opening message, Engr. Joseph P. Gacosta, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of DOLE CPO, extended his gratitude to all the participants who attended the activity. He also expressed his excitement since the said activity is the first face-to-face training after almost a year due to the restrictions brought by the pandemic. He also stated that he is very delighted that Cavite remains to be a strong and harmonious province and hopes that it will stay that way.

DOLE IV-A OIC-Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Nepomuceno A. Leaño, II, briefly discussed the Department’s livelihood program for the labor unions. He offered this program to the union members present in the activity by stressing out that one of the reasons why they organize a union is to provide for their family. By availing the livelihood program, not only the union members will benefit, but also their family members. He also encourage the companies present to apply for the safety seal certification program.

The following topics were discussed during the activity: Department Order No. 224 or the Guidelines on Ventilation for Workplaces and Public Transportation to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, which was explained by Engr. Carlo D. Merilos from DOLE CPO ; Work Life Balance, which was presented by Ms. Kelly Ann Victoriano from RTWPB ; Livelihood for Displaced Workers elaborated by Ms. Joyce Anne Ruth Gomez from DOLE CPO ; Safety Seal Certification Program and Mental Health Awareness Policy which was discussed by Ms. Ruth Arevalo from DOLE CPO ; Employees Compensation Benefits and its Covered Members discussed by Ms. Ruby Ann Fajardo from ECC 4A ; and lastly, Models for Arbitral Award which was presented and discussed by Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman.



During his discussion on Models for Arbitral Award, RD Guzman emphasized the importance of choosing the most effective and practical method in bargaining and negotiation.

“It is important to have a harmonious relationship to come up with a doable agreement. A DOLE representative is necessary to witness the CBA signing or a social accord in your respective companies, which is a symbol of harmony and unity between the management and workers,” RD Guzman mentioned.

In closing, RD Guzman extended his gratitude to all the participants who actively participated and stayed until the end of the activity.

“It is my hope that the management and labor will continue to work hand in hand in the attainment of industrial peace not only in the province of Cavite, but of the whole region,” he added.


By:

MA. ANGELIQUE ESPIRITU YAUN
Senior Labor and Employment Officer

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2021-06-23
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