Davao City – We are pleased to have piloted networking and linkage with the LGUs of Carmen, and cities of Panabo and Tagum which belong to the North Cluster of Davao Region on March 7 and 8, 2019, said OIC-Director Aerrine Marie Reyes.


Dir. Reyes together with Conciliator-mediator Oliver Jao and the technical staff made a courtesy visit in the municipality of Carmen with Mayor Virginia J. Perandos, Ed.D on March 7, 2019.

“We are very grateful that despite from your busy schedule, you are willing to accommodate and support us in our pursuit to promote our programs,” Dir. Reyes openly said to Mayor Perandos.

Mayor Perandos likewise thanked the branch for this initiative.

Carmen is a first class municipality in the province of Davao del Norte. It is known for its vast rice fields and “balutan” along highway where many travellers drop by to taste the very hot and tasty “balut” (a boiled fertilized duck).


The branch also met Executive Secretary Judith Lee together with Public Employment Service Office Manager of Panabo City Ms. Cheryl Espinosa on the same day to introduce the functions of NCMB and establish linkage with them.

Ms. Lee and Ms. Espinosa were very open to the idea of collaboration and recognized that this will help them in addressing issues and concerns particularly in industrial relation in Panabo City. They were also willing to support and be partners for this undertaking.

The branch conducted another courtesy visit on March 8 at the Office of the City Mayor of Tagum where Mayor Allan Rellon also accommodated personally together with their PESO Manager Rogeneth Llanos.

Mayor Rellon was also very open to the idea of partnering with the branch.  In fact, they were also looking forward to have a close partnership with National Labor Relations Commission, another attached agency of DOLE which will soon set up a table in their PESO to serve their clients.

Tagum City is the first class city and capital of Davao del Norte.

We were amazed with the new look of LGU of Tagum City.  The entrance was filled with eco-friendly garden and trees with an astounding and unique design of their atrium and building.

Ms. Llanos shared, “This atium can accommodate as many as 5,000 people.  And this is open to the schools and other nearby barangays for free.”

The sunflower garden was also as attractive as the word Tagumpay right beside the garden.


The amazing view fairly matches with the building inside with walls made of glass. Likewise, the signage is marked in large sizes make them very clear and visible to clients.

The branch completed the day with a plant visit at the Hijo Resources Corp., formerly Hijo Plantation, Inc., a diversified business engaged in port operations, agriculture, property development leisure and tourism and power and light located in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

“We are here to promote Labor Management Cooperation and other programs of NCMB to help you strengthen your relationship in the workplace,” Dir. Reyes stated.

This was the second time that the branch undertook a visit in its extensive drive to promote industrial peace in the region. Sheila A. Rivera