Registered employee organizations may now file their application for accreditation online.
This was announced by Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles, who also heads the Public Sector Labor Management Council (PSLMC), an inter-agency body that attends to matters relating to government employee organizations. The Council consists of the CSC Chair as the chairperson, the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment as the vice-chair, and the Secretaries of the Department of Budget and Management, the Department of Finance, and the Department of Justice as members.
In addition, Chairperson Nograles mentioned that the Council has granted permission for the online registration of Collective Negotiation Agreements (CNA).
“Allowing electronic filing of applications for accreditation and CNA registration will fast track processes and make availing of said services more convenient to employee organizations nationwide,” Chairperson Nograles said, pointing out that “facilitative processes translate to employee organizations being able to enjoy benefits and protection provided under the law.”
Previously, applications or petitions for accreditation and CNA registration were filed personally, by registered mail or by courier service.
The petition and all supporting documents, which shall be in portable document format or PDF, should be sent to HRRO.
The PSLMC Resolution also states that the electronic filing of the petition for accreditation and CNA registration shall be a sufficient basis to process the applications. However, the Certificates of Accreditation and CNA Registration shall be released only upon submission of the original documents to HRRO.
Chairperson Nograles stressed that only registered employee organizations may apply for accreditation. Accreditation confers on an employee organization the right to be the sole and exclusive negotiating agent of the organizational unit they represent.
On the other hand, only accredited employee organizations can register their CNAs with the CSC.
As of March 2023, the total number of accredited employee organizations across the country stands at 1,371, whereas the number of active registered CNAs has reached 753. Application requirements for accreditation and CNA registration are posted at www.csc.gov.ph.