SAN JUAN, La Union – To give a better understanding on mental health and manage stress in the workplace, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. 1 had undergone a 2-day Training on Mental Health Awareness and Stress Management.
The activity was initiated by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Employees Association (MGBEA) Region 1 Chapter in coordination with the Finance and Administrative Division.
MGB 1 Safety Officer Engr. Jasone Cambod stated that the training is in relation to the organization’s ISO 45001: 2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System. Further, it helps in the management of risks and creation of a better working condition especially on the health and well-being in the workplace. “Mental health initiatives are important part of the processes that MGB-1 includes in the management system”, he added.
The training was led by Learning Service Provider Ms. Peeve Kaye Balbuena, a licensed Psychometrician and DENR Legal Assistant II. She discussed on topics on Mental Health in the Workplace and Devising Mental Health Policies and Programs. She also included fun and interactive activities about determining the stress level, identification of stressors and coping mechanisms. Moreover, she tackled on the risks of mental health which includes inadequate health and safety policies, poor communication and management policies and limited participation in decision-making or low control over one’s area of work, low levels of support for employees, inflexible working hours and unclear tasks or organizational objectives which can lead to several effects. According to her discussion, poor mental health has severe repercussions for employers – including increased staff turnover, sickness absence due to debilitating depression, burnout and exhaustion, decreased motivation and lost productivity.
MGB-1 Regional Director Carlos A. Tayag expressed his full support on the programs on mental health awareness and hopes to successfully help the employees manage stress and maintain a harmonious working environment.
An Information Sharing was also done by the participants who graduated from the Environment and Natural Resources Academy Frontline and Basic Course. It was conducted to give a glimpse on what has transpired in the said colloquium and encourage others to take the opportunity of participating in the next batches. Presenters included Ms. Alyssa Dumlao, Ms. Christine Mae Tungpalan, Ms. Joan Foronda, Mr. Ricky Corono, Engr. Mario Pamittan and Ms. Felisandelle De Vera.