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Gov’t urged to let workers enlist weekdays

Posted on: September 18, 2009

Gov’t urged to let workers enlist weekdays

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 22:43:00 09/18/2009

Filed Under: Government, Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—With 234 days before the 2010 elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) urged the labor department and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to issue guidelines allowing private and public employees to register on weekdays and that their temporary absence from their work be considered as official time, an official said.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the poll body haS requested the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the CSC to help the poll body encourage more Filipinos to register for next year’s elections.

A guideline from DoLE urging private employers to allow filing of voter applications for registration, transfer or reactivation, changes, correction, inclusions, or reinstatement of entries of registration records on weekdays will encourage employees to register, said Jimenez.

Comelec made a similar request to CSC in its Resolution 8668 stating that civil servants, especially first-time voters or those who need to update their registration records, deserve to file their applications for registration during weekdays.

“DoLE and CSC are bestowed with powers and functions for the full protection to labor, promotion of their welfare, and supervision over the relationship between employers and employees and thus should allow employees to register for the 2010 elections and to consider their temporary absence from work on official time,” said Jimenez, quoting some parts of en banc Resolution 8669 promulgated on Tuesday.

Comelec eyes to have 47 million registered voters for the 2010 national elections, said Jimenez, who is optimistic about hitting the target.

“Right now we have 45,487,634 voters and we expect more voter applicants as we near the registration deadline set on October 31. Based on data from previous elections, more voters join the national elections and with the registration extended to include Saturdays and holidays, we can achieve our target. Hopefully, DoLE and CSC will help us achieve this task,” Jimenez told INQUIRER.net.

Jimenez also lauded the registered youth and first-time voters whose total number reached 2.736 million—more than two-thirds of the total 3.409 million voters approved in the last three quarterly hearings, based on data from the Comelec Election and Barangay Affairs Department.

Any person who is 18 years old and has been a residence of the Philippines for at least a year can register for the 2010 elections. Requirements include valid school and government IDs, except barangay-issued IDs and cedulas or residence certificates.

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