If you are an employee, then you know that the Police Clearance is one of the many requirements before you start on the newly-acquired job that you have.
Luckily, Silvestre Bello III, the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment or DOLE, rejected General Debold Sinas, the PNP Chief’s proposal of requiring the National Police Clearance for transactions.
In a letter that he wrote to Sinas, Bello said that they must not misinterpret the response. As a matter of fact, Bello even outlined it as “good-willed” and “good-intentioned.”
However, as per Bello’s statement, the national police clearance requirement will just be a burden to the people of the Philippines.
While good-intentioned, requiring DOLE’s clientele to secure NPC to avail of our services will do more harm than good.”
Not In Favor of the National Police Clearance Requirement
In case you’re wondering, it’s not just Bello who wasn’t in favor of this. About 94% of everyone consulted flopped this proposal; almost the entire group of people who was asked about this turned it down, too.
Moreover, Bello stated that Police Clearance can be a form of red tape that can just bring a heavier burden to the people.
It is a form of red tape to all and an additional financial burden to many.”
Doesn’t The NPC Make Everyone Safer?
According to Bello, there has been no legal basis in requiring the clients of DOLE to subject to the national police clearance requirement.
In addition to that, this “can” even violate and go over the provisions and rules of the 1987 Constitution.
Further, there is no legal basis in requiring DOLE’s clientele to secure NPC. It may even violate pertinent provisions of the 1987 Constitution, Labor Code of the Philippines, as renumbered, and other existing legislation.”
Good Decision Indeed
Joshua Mata, the International Trade Union Confederation Secretary General, agreed to the response of Secretary Silvestre Bello.
According to him, they’re glad that Bello came up with the decision to reject this particular proposal.
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We are glad DOLE rejected the PNP’s proposal. To be honest, that’s the only acceptable decision for us.”
As a matter of fact, he directed to the PNP and told them that they can impose a better and a safer requirement.
Alan Tanjusay, the spokesperson of the ALU-TUCP or the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, said that the PNP can actually proceed to create wiser and more careful measures.
And, in doing so, they can get and obtain the complete support that they’re looking for from the people.
If the PNP wanted to get the full support of the people, we urge the PNP leadership to regularly subject important and crucial policies to vetting of affected stakeholders such as the business and the labor sector.”
To add to what Tanjusay stated, the PNP can build up and establish a tripartite consultation function in their department that is akin to what the DOLE is doing. They can try and imitate it for the betterment or the streamlining of all the procedures they’re doing.
This can be done by establishing a tripartite consultation mechanism within the PNP similar to what the DOLE is doing in their policymaking and decision-making process.”
We can safely say that a lot of people agree that the national police clearance requirement is just a process that is time-consuming and even financially difficult for some.
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I think we can all reflect to this as most of us, if not all of us were able to experience getting and applying for a national police clearance.
The Formal Labor and Migrant Workers Sector of the NAPC or the National Anti-Poverty Commission were also agreeing to the rejection made by Silvestre Bello III.
According to them, it is an “illogical policy” and that “there is no legal standing” as to why this requirement is even there.
Such a requirement is not only time-consuming and financially burdensome for the workers, it certainly has no legal standing to implement such an absurd and illogical policy.”
What are your thoughts and your reactions to the national police clearance requirement being rejected? Do you think that it’s just right to have it rejected? Or should the DOLE accepted it to keep the states and the conditions of everyone safe?
A response is yet to be made, but for now, the proposal of requiring the national police clearance has been trashed.