The Department of Labor and Employment is encouraging workers to exercise their right to self-organize, and for unions and labor organizations to utilize its new online registration system.

Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said the right to organize is among the fundamental rights of workers guaranteed by the Constitution that the labor department seeks to protect and uphold along with the security of tenure.

How can we give our workers better benefits and proper wages if there is no union? Through exercising their right to self-organize, unions can have collective bargaining agreements in order to elevate their working conditions and acquire better benefits, he added.

Addressing the training workshop on the Development/ Customization of DOLE BLR Online Union Registration System (DOLE-BLR-OURS) in Manila, Maglunsod also said the online registration is a new innovation where we expedite the process of unionism and provide a more accessible and reliable registration system for labor unions.

More than 50 employment officers from different DOLE regional offices participated in the said training where they were briefed and immersed on the new online union registration system.

Emphasizing the significance of the new system in shortening the process of union registration, Maglunsod said that organization leaders no longer need to visit DOLE Regional Offices since they already have access and register their unions and Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) online through www.blr-ours.dole.gov.ph/.

DOLE is here to promote the welfare and rights of workers to self-organize and security of tenure by providing them easy steps in organizing unions, he said.

Aside from providing easier registration process, the system also has the capability to add, edit and delete records, queue of application, authenticate user for data access control, audit trail, record search facility, migrate data, generate registration certificates and other related documents, generate real-time and historical report, auto-warn for expiring CBAs. It also has an e-library of registration documents and approval facility.

After the online registration process, unions will be notified by DOLE on the status of their application, whether they are complete or lacking with other documentary requirements, payment procedure, and the details for issuing Certificate of Registration.

In this changing era, we have to innovate. Before, we only have notebooks, now this is the technology era, the process is online and this can have tremendous impact on our workers where they no longer need to go back and forth to DOLE offices just to complete their requirements, Maglunsod added.

For other details, inquiries, and requirements regarding the online registration system, the public can check the website of the Bureau of Labor Relations at www.blr.dole.gov.ph/ or call (02) 527-2551.

Source: DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT REPUBLIC OF PHILIPPINES