The work break brought by the Holy Week season will not deter the Department of Labor and Employment – National Conciliation and Mediation Board (DOLE-NCMB) from dispensing its conciliation and mediation tasks across the labor sector in the country.

This was assured today by Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, as she authorized the reactivation this Holy Week of the Special Action Group for Industrial Peace, or SAGIP.

“Regional branch directors, officers-in-charge, conciliator-mediators, and designated focal staff across the regions are prepared to assist the labor industry round the clock this Holy Week.  Apart from dispensing their sworn duties and responsibilities, this is also one noble way of serving our clientele; that even on a supposedly lull period, we are ready to maintain harmonious labor and management relations,” Baldoz said.

The labor and employment chief further emphasized that with the SAGIP in place this holiday period, the National Conciliation and Mediation Board will be able to respond to clients’ request for assistance to ensure that any labor disputes are promptly attended to and eventually achieve early amicable settlement.

NCMB Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo guaranteed the DOLE Secretary that all concerned officers and staff of the NCMB central and regional offices are on call during the period and are guaranteed to be accessible to disputing parties for conciliation-mediation assistance and to facilitate immediate resolution of disputes.

“These officials and staff of the NCMB are likewise available through on-call to the DOLE Central Office and the Office of the Executive Director for proper coordination and reporting of incidents,” Director Ubaldo further assured Secretary Baldoz.

SAGIP is a field operations service on a 24/7 basis to improve the delivery of conciliation-mediation services, which include, but are not limited to, conduct of marathon of conciliation-mediation conferences, monitoring of actual strike activities, coordination with relevant agencies, intervention in ‘wild cat’ strike or ‘unofficial industrial action, and others.

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