October 8, 2021

COVID-19 has impacted humankind in various ways – drastically changing the way work is done. It has confined most of the workforce from the usual office space, to their own homes. But, there are those who crumbled in fighting against this invisible tormentor. Today, we must see this in a better light, that rather than being an impediment of progress, we push the boundaries of new opportunities to seek and discover new methods of doing work and starting an evolution of a resilient workforce able to conquer and live through this challenge, together.

The National Conciliation and Mediation Board  (NCMB) in partnership with the Philippine League of Labor Management Cooperation Practitioners (PHILAMCOP) instituted the 2021 Visayas-Mindanao Cluster Convention on Labor-Management Cooperation with the theme “Continuing Labor-Management Partnership: Conquering and Living with COVID-19”, held via Zoom on September 23, 2021.attended by 1,000 plus participants from across the Visayas and Mindanao.

The Cluster Convention was graced by the presence of: Maria Teresita D. Lacsamana – Cancio, Executive Director IV of NCMB; Teofilo S. Colocado, Jr., President of the PHILAMCOP, Inc.; Teresita E. Audea, Deputy Executive Director of NCMB; Jacqueline Fe Luy, FPM, Founder and Owner of Movimentum Leadership and Management Consultancy; Dr. Mary Ann Palermo – Maestral, Chief of Hospital II of Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital; and together with the Branch Directors and Personnel of the Regional Branches of the Visayas and Mindanao cluster.

PHILAMCOP President Colocado reminisces the 2019 National Convention held in The Atrium, Limketkai, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.

Colocado expresses his gratitude to NCMB for its Regional Branches for their unwavering support in fostering Labor Management Cooperation (LMC) and the enthusiasm in bringing together LMC Practitioners from all over the Visayas and Mindanao.  

ED Cancio emphasizes the seemingly insurmountable feat to go on with this convention despite the intermittent community restrictions and the current health situation. But, alas, everyone still fought through persistence and valiant spirit to keep the legacy of bringing together LMC practitioners to share and celebrate the valuable lessons in improving workplace relations in the midst of the pandemic. ED Cancio adds that this is a bold testament and reflection on the perseverance of the NCMB Central Office, Regional Branches and PHILAMCOP to fight and embrace the opportunities of this New Normal. The LMC practitioners rose up to the challenge and gave their support as evidenced by the huge number of attendees.

Moreover, ED Cancio delivered the keynote message of the DOLE Secretary, Hon. Silvestre H. Bello III, as he cannot attend the convention for official reasons. He expresses his gratitude to the NCMB and PHILAMCOP, Inc. as social partners in advocating LMC. He commends the cooperation between the government and practitioners in commemorating the promotion and enhancement of industrial harmony.

Ms. Luy, a transformational coach, talks on the Strategic Agility and Resiliency during COVID – 19. She connects her aspirations with the message delivered by ED Cancio in staying afloat amidst this pandemic and Secretary Bello’s message on the importance of partnership and cooperation in moving forward. Luy emphasizes breaking the barriers of individuality and take each other’s hand and fight together.

Luy shares that our health today proves its prominence over our everyday needs, and how staying healthy can become the starting point that will make us ready to openly offer ourselves to others. She focuses on inward understanding on one’s capacity, and the ability to accept the things that need to be improved on or addressed. This will make an individual strong enough to carry forward and engage with those around him/her to reverberate the value of self-awareness in harnessing the true value of human interaction in this pandemic.

Dr. Maestral discusses on COVID-19: Knowing and Learning the New Normal. She imparts her experiences as medical practitioner in going through this pandemic and expounds on how it has all taken the public by surprise.

Meaestral says that “the only constant thing in life is change”, thus, we must not be apprehensive of the changes and should embrace it as an opportunity to see new beginnings. To be ready and responsive, we need to know what we are up against. She shares the measures to avoid Covid – 19 infections; risk assessment procedures; mechanisms to cope with the changes and the glimpse of the national and local responses to the pandemic.

The VISMIN Convention includes the showcasing of the Regional LMC and GM winners of the biennial searches giving due credence for the efforts of labor and management in moving forward amidst the pandemic. The presentations of the Visayas and Mindanao regional winners inspire and motivate all participants to establish unique practices as a unified response of labor and management in facing the pandemic.

DED Audea concludes the ceremony by expressing her heartfelt gratitude to the NCMB, PHILAMCOP, Inc. and to all the participants in commemorating and celebrating the event despite of the severe blow of the pandemic. DED Audea shares that it is not easy but we are moving forward through labor and management partnership in adapting to the new normal.

The convention is a celebration and recognition that in times of unprecedented disruption and change, we are able to hold each other tightly and thru LMC, no one gets left behind in this path.