The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch XI pro-actively supported the advocacies and programs of other government agencies in October.

The Branch joined the celebration of the 32nd National Statistics Month (NSM) hosted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and co-hosted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) with the theme: “NSM@32: Revving up for Economic and Social Recovery Through Evidence-Based Policies.” Regional Branch Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes and Administrative Officer IV Jed A. Badilles attended the online opening ceremony last October 4, 2021.

“During the opening ceremony, DOLE XI Speaker and Planning Officer III Suzette Antiveros discussed that statistic or data trends point out that machines will soon take over many labor-intensive jobs and that current and upcoming workforce should prepare for this change. We also call this occurrence as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In our Branch, we were already disseminating this critical information of this upcoming change with our clients since last year during our seminars and facilitation. We continue to act so today as we believe this information will be critical to succeed a future of peaceful industrial relations in the region.” Reyes stated as she shared how the Branch used statistics and trends while advocating their programs.

In addition, the Branch regularly provides PSA data particularly on the Board’s programs. These includes data on the number of Preventive Mediation, Notice of Strike/Lockout and Actual Strike/Lockout cases and the branch’s settlement and disposition rates of the filed cases.

The Branch also joined the virtual Data Dissemination Forum held last October 19, 2021 by PSA XI where the latest statistics on the Labor Force Survey was presented.

In addition, DOLE sent out memoranda to its attached agencies encouraging them to observe two more social advocacy events by other government agency.

The Branch hence observed the 2021 Elderly Filipino Week last October 1-7, 2021 hosted by the National Commission of Senior Citizens (NCSC) with this year’s theme: “Healthy and Productive Ageing Starts with ME!!!”. The said observance is pursuant to Proclamation 470, series of 1994, which declared the first week of October as the “Linggo ng Katandaang Filipino”. A senior citizen of the Branch joined the webinar “#engAGED: LIFELONG LEARNING FOR SENIOR CITIZENS” hosted by the Institute for Labor Studies last October 5, 2021. He also participated in the webinar on “Volunteerism among Senior Citizens/Older Adults” last October 15, 2021 hosted by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency.

Lastly, the Branch also observed the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NWOEP) hosted by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) last October 17-23, 2021. Gary B. Bonghanoy