The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch XI has successfully facilitated two (2) trainings for Voluntary Arbitrators on the Maritime Industry.  

Maritime Voluntary Arbitrators (MVA) based in Davao Region were updated and capacitated as they attended the online training “Continuing Education Seminar for Accredited Maritime Voluntary Arbitration” last July 28-29, 2021 via Zoom.

The activity was conducted by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board through their Voluntary Arbitration Division in coordination with the Philippine Maritime Voluntary Arbitrations Association (PMVAA) and the Tripartite Voluntary Arbitration Advisory Council (TVAAC).

Majority of the region’s MVAs were able to attend this training namely Accredited Voluntary Arbitrator (AVA) Art O. Tan, AVA Alfredo C. Olvida and AVA Ronieto B. Bata.

The first day of the seminar focused on the labor and employer sectors’ respective assessments, recommendations and proposals on Maritime Voluntary Arbitration. The seminar also covered on salient provisions of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration – Standards Employment Contract including recent updates, and coverage of collective bargaining agreements to seafarer’s disability claims.

The second day of the seminar covered a comprehensive discussion on work-relatedness and seafarer’s pre-employment and post-employment medical examinations. The PMVAA also delivered its association report and overall assessment of the program.

Another training facilitated by the Branch was the “Online Pre-Accreditation Training Program for Voluntary Arbitrators” last August 9-13, 2021 incorporating a specialized program for Maritime Voluntary Arbitrators. The training was made possible by the Board’s coordination with TVAAC and the Philippine Association on Voluntary Arbitration Inc., (PAVA).

The training was designed for aspiring individuals to become AVAs and accredited MVAs. The first and second day of the training covered the basic rules, principles and procedures governing general practice of voluntary arbitration. The third and fourth day focused on maritime laws, concepts and principles relating to seafarer’s rights and conditions of employment including entitlement to disability and death benefits, and other related controversies affecting the manning industry. The last day was a post-training examination screening those deserving to become general voluntary arbitrators and MVAs.

Davao Region’s AVA Rolando P. Arañas and AVA Napoleon Q. Trillañes, Jr. attended this training to be accredited as MVAs.

“We believe that by fully supporting and capacitating our MVAs, we would be able to strengthen and maintain industrial peace in the maritime sector. Moreover, it is our hope that our retired maritime workers shall receive the compensation they are rightfully due.” Regional Branch Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes stated. Gary B. Bonghanoy