CDA Region VIII successfully conducts Training-Workshop on Cooperative Mediation and Conciliation on October 12, 2023. The whole-day activity was led by CRITS in collaboration with the Legal Section in conducting mediation and conciliation training workshop to participants from various cooperatives. The objective of this training workshop is to stress the significance of mediation to the coop officers and to arm them with the essential tools and knowledge to steer mediation proceedings in their respective cooperatives.
As what Atty. Carias, CDA Region VIII Legal Officer has pointed out to the participants, litigation comes with a heavy consequence of possibly immortalizing misconduct of erring coop officers through publicized Supreme Court decision.
To avoid this scenario, it is essential that the cooperatives have an effective conduct of mediation and conciliation at their level. The event started with collecting of expectations from the participants, to the discussion of alternate dispute resolution, the mediation process, and the practical exercises where participants from different cooperatives were grouped into three and made to present mock mediation and conciliation proceedings by team. The third team was recognized as the top presenter and was presented with certificates of award for applying their knowledge during their team’s presentation.
During this activity, participants were also given the platform to share their ideas and experiences in mediation. One med-con officer shared as a side comment that conflicts arising from unpaid loans are more peaceful and quite as compared to those which arises from gossips. Now, this is a noteworthy insight from actual experience. Participants likewise expressed their appreciation and committed to utilize the same whenever needed during mediation proceedings.
The CDA’s commitment to providing additional guidance and resources surely did enhance the understanding of the participants in the practical application of the mediation process, thereby ensuring that they are well-prepared to engage in the actual mediation process.
Overall, the training activity was a success. The CDA team undertakes to prepare a more engaging environment in the next mediation and conciliation workshop to test the ability of the participants in facing such possible scenarios.