A much needed break from the clutches of work and stress at work. Held down by the pandemic, this is the first time in two years that the two northernmost branches of the Board made it to a teambuilding activity.

RCMB’s 1 and CAR gathered at Awesome Hotel, San Juan, La Union for the three-day Team Enhancement Exercises.

“This team enhancement exercise strengthened the bond between the two regions,” RCMB1 Director Brenda Rose C. Odsey said. “We were in a difficult situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic but we’re able to do what we’re supposed to do thanks to the lowering of the alert level and loosened border restrictions,” she added.

“The activities were designed to improve our performance in a team-based setting. It also fostered a collaborative and inspiring attitude among us,” said director Lourdes O. Estioco of RCMB – CAR.

“It was a very productive exercise, especially in terms of learning both in the personal and interpersonal aspects of work,” Odsey said, adding the significance of considering what we are grateful for from our colleagues.

Estioco remarked that people don’t usually express gratitude verbally more often. “We realize that everyone is equally important to us when we give some thought of how others impact our work life, especially in achieving our goals,” Estioco added.

The activity mainstreamed the government’s GAD advocacy through a lecture delivered by Ms. Marissa P. Orcino entitled “Laws on the Protection of Women.”  It focused on RA 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Act and RA11313 or the Safe Spaces Act (Bawal Bastos Law).

A tribute to a retiring colleague, Supervising LEO Cesar Cacayuran of RCMB1, was also made possible. A service-appreciation video was shown highlighting a small portion of his 26-year career with the Board.

“I thank you all for the kind words of appreciation and gratitude expressed in many ways,” Cacayuran said, described generally by those present as kind, jolly, and approachable. He spoke of insights for the younger ones in order to make it long into their careers with the Board.  

Cacayuran received a certificate of appreciation from the Board presented to him by Ms. Rose Maria C. Mamaoag, Chief of the Administrative Division, on top of the tokens from the two branches in which he both served.

 (with report from Marissa P. Orcino)

Posted : 13 Jul 2022