With the opportunity to discuss workplace cooperation with companies in MIMAROPA given, the Regional Conciliation Mediation Branch-MIMAROPA talked about the role of LMC in the Family Welfare Program (FWP) during the webinar conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office IV-B on 14 October 2020.

Workplace Relations Enhancement or Labor and Management Cooperation, is a program of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) that promotes partnership of labor and management in working towards a common goal.

By establishing workplace cooperation, the welfare of the workers becomes a primary foundation in increasing productivity at the workplace. 

In line with the goals of the program, the Family Welfare Program of the DOLE seeks to introduce the concept of promoting the welfare of workers and their families as a key to workplace productivity and improved worker-management relations. 

RCMB IV-B Supervising LEO Julia P. Peleo said that the Branch incorporates Family Welfare Program in their discussion of workplace cooperation even in smaller companies.

“We include at least three applicable dimensions of the Family Welfare Program in companies with less than 200 employees,” Peleo added. 

The Branch recognizes the importance of management support in promoting workers’ quality of life by adopting a family centered approach in the workplace. 

During the activity, Dr. Ian Kenneth C. Bermeo, Chief Operating Officer of Adventist Hospital Palawan, shared the Family Welfare programs of the hospital. 

Dr. Bermeo emphasized the importance of having a committed, transparent, concerned, loyal, and service and family-oriented community, the hospital calls “A Happy Place”.  

“We hope that AHP’s A Happy Place will inspire companies with existing Labor and Management Councils to adopt the Family Welfare Program,” Peleo said. 

The activity was hosted by the Family Welfare Club (FWC) – Palawan and DOLE- Palawan Field office.  It was the first Family Welfare Club webinar facilitated by DOLE-Palawan Field Office   with speakers coming from Roots of Health and Adventist Hospital Palawan.  The webinar was attended by representatives from 20 companies in the region. 

DOLE-MIMAROPA Regional Director Albert E. Gutib commented and thanked RCMB-MIMAROPA for showing its support to the various activities conducted in the region by the office. 

END/ Julia P. Peleo edited by Gillian Pearl L. Guerrero