“Registering a labor union, or a workers’ association, is just a “mouse” away.”

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz made this pitch yesterday, saying workers can now easily register their labor unions or associations online through the Bureau of Labor Relations’ Online Union Registration System, or OURS.

“Just a click in a computer’s mouse will do the work,” Baldoz said at the launching of the OURS at the 5th Anniversary celebration of the BLR at the Ichikawa Hall of the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City.

“In this age of the Internet, where information travel so fast, need to be fast, and can be accessed easily, the BLR has embraced technology more tightly and now offers its Online Union Registration System, an alternative way to register a union or a workers’ association,” Baldoz added.

A requirement to be able to use the system is connection to the Internet, said newly-appointed BLR officer-in-charge Director Evelyn Ramos. And of course, a computer.

“The steps are easy,” she said. “First, visit the BLR website at www.blr.dole.gov.ph and click O.U.R.S. Then select and download the application form, including the list of documentary requirements. Prepare the appropriate documentary requirements indicated in the checklist, scan them, and make electronic copies. Fill-up the application form, and submit electronically without forgetting to attach the required documents,” Director Ramos explained.

To submit online, the applicant needs to enter his name; the name of the organization; e-mail address; and the type of registration–whether it is new, change of name, consolidation, or merger. The applicant will soon receive a confirmation message through the email he provided, where the BLR will also course any communication regarding the status of application.

“The online registration is so easy and convenient an applicant can do it anywhere as long as there is Internet connection,” said Baldoz.

The labor and employment chief said the OURS will be a boon to the promotion of the right of workers to self-organization.

“The Constitution and the Labor Code of the Philippines enunciate the policy of the State to promote the free and responsible exercise of the right to self-organization through the establishment of a simplified mechanism for the speedy registration of labor unions and workers’ associations,” Baldoz explained.

The OURS is an online channel for electronic registration. It simplifies and expedites the process of registering national unions, industry unions, workers’ associations operating in more than one region, as well as public sector employees organizations.

“The BLR, in developing the OURS, has our workers’ convenience in mind. Now, they need not go back several times to the office because of some incomplete requirements,” said Baldoz.


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