PAGADIAN CITY, ZDS- 54 union members and officers of the different unions and labor organizations in Zamboanga del Sur were trained on Effective Negotiation and Bargaining Techniques during the quarterly union meeting spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment- Zamboanga del Sur Field Office (DOLE-ZDSFO) on 27 July 2023 at Springland Resort and Restaurant, Tuburan District, Pagadian City.

DOLE-ZDSFO Head Miraflor J. Casanes shared the importance of the activity to the participants and encouraged them to actively participate during the session. “This activity is also an opportunity for you to discuss issues and concerns affecting you and your organizations,” said Ms. Casanes.

Dir. Oliver C. Jao of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board-9 (NCMB 9) shared the different strategies and techniques to the participants on how to effectively and harmoniously negotiate and bargain with their management for better working conditions and benefits for their members.

As part of DOLEs commitment to provide updates on other scholarships ang trainings offered by other national government agencies, TESDA thru its TESD Specialist I Ms. Shekinah L. Diosmano presented the different scholarship programs and Trainings including assessment programs which can be availed both for union members/officers and their dependents.

Denmar V. Libre, Unifast Accountant of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED-9) shared about the different scholarship opportunities for qualified students pursuing higher education in a CHED-accredited institutions. The participants are members and officers of the different workers organizations in Zamboanga del Sur such as the Springland Employees Union (SEU), Southern Mindanao College- Teachers Association (SMC-TA), Mindanao Alliance of Land Transport and General Workers’ Union-Pagadian (MALTU-Pagadian), Rose Pharmacy, Mercury Drugs and BDO, Bank of Makati, and MR DIY employees’ union.

In closing, labor union presidents, Mr. Calvin O. Polentisima(SEU) and Ms. Lorelei Marie Enar (SMC-TA), Jeffrey Mondarte (MALTU-Pagadian) expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to attend the learning session and thanked the speakers and all the participants for their time and active participation.

Workers’ Capability Development is one component of DOLE Workers Organization and Development Program, which provides support for the development and upgrading of the capabilities of workers’ organizations and their members in the areas of leadership, organizational development and management, labor and human relations, grievance handling, labor laws, occupational safety and health, productivity, and the like. END/YAAbduhasad, LEOIII, ZDSFO.