Barangay Tinucoran, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte – Fifty-Four (54) members of Tinucoran Green Kalikasan Association in Brgy. Tinucoran, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte were helped through DOLE Agusan del Norte’s mediation to resolve several organizational issues. The officers and members of the said workers’ association were having disputes over the conduct of election of officers and other issues among its members. The disputes resulted to disruptions of their farming activities and projects which were funded by the National and Local Government Units.

In an attempt avoid tedious process and compliance of requirements when filing a formal petition to the Office of the Regional Director, DOLE-ADN Provincial Office conducted series of meetings last August 11 and 24 with the association officers and members together with the LGU Las Nieves Mayor Avelina S. Rosales, Brgy. Tinucoran Chairwoman Grace B. Jongko and some SB members and municipal officials.

To ensure a lasting conclusion on their issues, the mediation process laid fair agreement, mutual aid and protection, and cooperation among its members with respect to the provisions of DOLE Department Order 40-03.

DOLE managed to convince the association to voluntarily agree to resolve their issues by conducting a special election considering the existence of two sets of officers both claiming legitimacy. On the other hand, new members who did not pass through the requirements of their Constitution and By-laws will also be given a chance to comply.

The willingness of the members led to a successful and peaceful election last August 27, 2020. The newly elected officers had taken their oath of office before Mayor Rosales last September 3, 2020. All of these activities were conducted with compliance to the health and safety protocols of the DOH and LGU-Las Nieves.

The association members and the LGU officials expressed their gratitude for DOLE’s immediate intervention considering the constraints brought about by the pandemic. As pointed out by Mayor Rosales, “Nagapasalamat gyud mi sa immediate assistance sa DOLE kay dili na man maminaw og mutuman maski sa akoa ang uban nga mga miyembro og opisyales ani nga association.” The same appreciation was conveyed by the Barangay Captain of Tinucoran. All of these activities were conducted with compliance to the minimum health and safety protocols of the DOH and LGU-Las Nieves.

A capacity building on Basic Association Management and Financial Recording and Reporting will be conducted before the end of September 2020. Other associations in Las Nieves will also be given the opportunity with the support of LGU-Las Nieves.