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Cotabato Light team members undergo training on safety, labor issues

Safety is the top priority for any electric distribution utility, including Cotabato Light, where Engineering Head Mark Sam Banluta passionately pushes safety as the company’s top priority.

To focus on safety as well as efficiency, the management of Cotabato Light and Power Co. invests heavily on extensive training in proper clothing, tools, and work procedures to enhance the reliability and safety of business operations. One such training on safety conducted for the company’s linemen was held last February 9 to March 6, where six Cotabato Light linemen were sent to Davao Light’s Technical Training Center in Maa, Davao City.

This training, which provides additional skills to Cotabato Light linemen who are expected to have enhanced their technical competencies for better work safety practices and productivity and minimizes the risk exposure levels during live line works, focused on Rubber Gloving Techniques facilitated by Leo Claros and Vincent Ubas, resident trainers of Davao Light Technical Training Center.

In addition to safety, Cotabato Light’s labor and management representatives also attended a two-day seminar on major labor management topics facilitated by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board-Regional Branch 12 (NCMB-RB12) last April 15 and 16.

The seminars aim to educate the labor and management sectors on the implementation of Labor Management Cooperation/Council (LMC) Convergence of Programs. Topics on labor-management cooperation, productivity, occupational safety and health, family welfare, employees’ compensation program, anti-sexual harassment law and general labor standards were discussed in the seminars. Resource speakers were from DOLE-12, Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-12, Employees Compensation Commission and NCMB-RB12 in partnership with the Association of Industrial Peace Advocates – SOCCSKSARGEN.

Said seminars were part of the 2015 LMC celebration actively participated by Cotabato Light Worker’s Union represented by Christopher George C. Tocao and Christopher L. Ven with Ritchie A. Abing from Cotabato Light’s management and different companies in Region XII (both unionized and non-unionized).