Press Release

Regional Branch No. 02

July 30, 2020




Tuguegarao City.  The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch No. 2 (RCMB2) in collaboration with the region’s Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) organized its first webinar via zoom application on July 22 for the members of the Partnership of Workers and Employers (POWER2) in Region 2.


The online activity titled, “DOLE Issuances:  What Labor and Management Need to Know in the Thick of Health Crisis,” aims to heighten the participants’ awareness on several DOLE Advisories and abide by them in the wake of the corona virus pandemic.


RCMB2 director Gil G. Caragayan said in his welcome remarks that the activity will help prepare establishments adapt to alternative learning systems under the new normal.  “This webinar is crucial for ensuring learning continuity for our stakeholders, especially workers and employers,” he said.  Our office is here to help enhance your learning capacity in order for you to utilize your full potential given the disruptions in holding face-to-face seminars, he said.


Meanwhile, DOLE regional director, Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos during her inspirational talk reiterated concern over the exponential rate of infection from COVID-19.  “The need to be compliant with health protocols and safety for everyone is the new normal.”  “In this difficult time it is all the more important for us to keep on collaborating, maintain open dialogue and coordination.  In the Philippines where we are now experiencing recession with both workers and businesses affected, it is our role to keep everyone afloat, to keep the businesses going and preserve jobs,” she said.  Ramos also revealed the plan of DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III to subsidize the workers for 3 months once the ‘Bayanihan To Heal As One Act II is approved.


Topics discussed by Engr. Marvin B. Sales, chief of DOLE Technical Support Services, covered Programs of DOLE in Response to Workers Affected by Job Displacement Caused by COVID-19; DTI-DOLE Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19; Labor Advisory No. 18 series of 2020 (Guidelines on the Cost of COVID-19 Prevention and Control Measures);  Labor Advisory No. 15 series of 2020 (Payment of Wages for the Regular Holiday on May 1, 2020);  Labor Advisory No. 13-A series of 2020 (Deferment of Payment of Holiday Pay for the April 2020 Holidays);  Labor Advisory No. 14 series of 2020 (Clarification on the Non-inclusion of the One-month ECQ period on the Six-month Probationary Period); Labor Advisory 17-A series of 2020 (Alternative Work Schemes);  and DOLE Online Services.


Both Ramos and Caragayan addressed and explained in detail all issues and queries gathered from the participants and appreciated all their efforts at maintaining and distributing jobs to their workers.  “These advisories are provided for us to be stronger in this difficult time.  Make sure to observe quarantine protocols in your respective workplaces to prevent a sudden spike in the number of COVID-19 cases and we will win over it,” Ramos assured.


Meanwhile, the branch received positive responses from the participants expressing their joy and gratitude for the opportunity to learn and be heard by both the DOLE and the RCMB2. The half-day webinar session had 187 POWER2 labor and management participants from 70 organized and unorganized establishments.