"From the looks of it, the proposed police clearance in DOLE transactions would drive away those seeking redress in DOLE's conciliation, mediation and dispute resolution and workplace inspection processes and many other services of DOLE and its attached agencies,” ALU national executive vice president Gerard Seno said in a statement.
On Wednesday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the PNP’s proposal is now under consideration.
In a letter to Bello dated March 10, 2021, PNP chief Police General Debold Sinas told the Labor chief that the PNP is hoping that the DOLE will support the National Police Clearance System (NPCS) “by making the NPC as one of your requirements in your various transactions.”
The PNP chief did not specify what types of DOLE transactions would require the national police clearance.
"In using the NPC, the DOLE will have much broader information as to the character on an individual because of its much larger scope, coverage and databases relied upon and at the same time will be able to further contribute to our endeavor of attaining a safer place for the Filipino people to love and do business," the PNP letter further said.
Seno said the PNP proposal to require national police clearance in various labor transactions “threaten industrial peace in the country.”
He said it is “an additional government bureaucratic layer which is an additional cost and burden to workers.”
Seno emphasized that these processes are important in holding together the industrial peace needed to make our economy productive and competitive.
Rather than requiring police clearance in transactions with DOLE, the labor group leader proposed to the PNP to instead consolidate its local police clearance system with its national clearance system by talking with the local government units and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).—LDF, GMA News