A one-day orientation seminar on LMC Convergence of Programs for various companies in Quezon City was held at the ICON Hotel, along Timog Avenue corner Tomas Morato in Diliman, Quezon City on 16 March 2018.

“It was attended by various organized and unorganized companies from the Quezon Areas. Forty One (41) companies in Quezon City were represented in the seminar with a total of 82 participants,” Director Feliciano R. Orihuela, Jr., said.

The seminar aims to put up LMC and GM to companies with no bipartite mechanisms and to enhance those with LMCs and GMs.

Speakers from the DOLE-NCR, ECC, OSHC, RTWPB, RCMB-NCR and PAVA were tapped to discuss their assigned topics.

Orihuela discussed LMC and GM.  He stressed the importance of having a bipartite-mechanisms in the workplace.

Sr. LEO Rosalie Dela Cruz of DOLE-NCR oriented the participants on D.O No. 183, Series of 2017 on audit inspection conducted by DOLE.  She stressed that the audit before is developmental but now it is back to inspection.

IO IV Alicia S. Borres discussed the EC programs.  She delved her discussion on the double recovery where any person who suffers from work related injury or death may recover from SSS and ECC at the same time.

Deputy Executive Director Engineer Jose Maria S. Batino discussed the salient features of the Occupational Safety and Health Programs.  He also talked about the DOLE latest issuances on standing at work and long hours sitting at work.

Conciliator-Mediator Cresencia M. Pawingi discussed gender and development along with certain laws on women’s rights and protection.

Atty. Allan S. Montano, PAVA-National President, discussed voluntary arbitration.  He compared the jurisdiction of voluntary arbitrators from labor arbiters.  He also talked about the rules in the conduct of voluntary arbitration proceedings.

Board Secretary Kim S. Lagcao oriented the participants on productivity and other services being provided by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board.

The orientation seminar committed the participants to look deeper into the importance of having an LMC and GM in the workplace.

Orihuela thanked the participants for attending the seminar. “We wish you luck in embracing LMC and GM. You will see its importance once you try it. We hope to see you soon in the enhancement seminar,” Orihuela added.

/Renato Canutal