Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has declined a request from the Philippine National Police (PNP) to make the National Police Clearance (NPC) a requirement in the various transactions of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

In a letter to PNP chief Debold Sinas, Bello said: “While good-intentioned, requiring DOLE’s clientele to secure NPC to avail of our services will do more harm than good.”

NPC is a database aimed at streamlining the issuance of police clearances across the country. Earlier, PNP chief Debold Sinas wrote Bello asking the latter to make the NPC a requirement in DOLE dealings.

However, Bello said DOLE stakeholders are opposed to it.

Results of a rapid survey by DOLE showed its constituents are not in favor of making the NPC a requirement to DOLE transactions. “It’s a form of red tape to all and an additional financial burden to many,” Bello added.

The labor cited more important reasons to reject the NPC which, he said, is not aligned with the policy of President Duterte as embodied in Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2019, and Executive Order No. 129.

Also, there is no legal basis in requiring DOLE’s clientele to secure NPC, Bello said. “It may even violate pertinent provisions of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, Labor Code of the Philippines, as renumbered, and other existing legislations.

Nevertheless, Bello lauded the PNP for relentlessly finding ways to promote public safety. “We are with the PNP in building a safer place for our people,” he said.

“However, we can achieve this without adding burden to the transacting public and the people we serve,” Bello said.