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Union opposes police clearance requiremen­t for DoLE dealings

- Gillian M. Cortez

THE Philippine­s’ largest union said a police clearance requiremen­t for transactin­g with the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) would represent an “added burden” for workers, hindering the resolution of labor cases.

In a statement Thursday, the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippine­s (ALU-TUCP) said the proposal, made by the head of the

Philippine National Police (PNP), Debold M. Sinas, involves obtaining a National Police Clearance to conduct dealings with DoLE.

“From the looks of it, the proposed police clearance in DoLE transactio­ns would further delay the injustice among aggrieved workers and would drive away those seeking redress in DoLE’s conciliati­on, mediation and dispute resolution and workplace inspection processes and many other services,” according to ALU-TUCP National Executive Vice-President Gerard R. Seno.

Adding a bureaucrat­ic layer to these processes will mean additional costs for workers. Mr. Seno said industrial peace processes are necessary “to make our economy productive and competitiv­e.”

A letter dated March but released to the public this week outlined the PNP proposal. On Wednesday, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III was quoted as saying in a news report that the proposal is under considerat­ion.

Other labor groups have expressed opposition to the police clearance requiremen­t, including the Bukluran ng Manggagawa­ng Pilipino, the Kilusang Mayo Uno and the Nagkaisa Labor Coalition. —

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