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DOLE-8 echoes appeal to private employers to allow employees to register with Comelec on official time

Tacloban City (25 October) -- Labor Region 8 Director Forter G. Puguon has reiterated Labor Secretary Marianito Roque's appeal to employers to encourage and allow their employees to leave their work on official time for the purpose of registering with the COMELEC, according to DOLE Region 8 Information Officer Virgilio Doroja.

"This will allow the employees to beat the deadline for registration on October 31, 2009 and to enable them to exercise their right of suffrage," Director Puguon said.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set October 31 as last day for all qualified voters to register.

It would be recalled that the COMELEC has written the Department of Labor to make the necessary communications so that the employers in the private sector will be guided accordingly in allowing their employees to register on week days, on official business.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque has called on all employers in the private sector to allow their employees to register with the Commission on Election during week days, on official time.

Secretary Roque enjoined the private sector employers to observe compliance with the full implementation of Republic Act No. 8189 otherwise known as the “Continuing Voter’s Registration Act of 1996,” and COMELEC Resolution No. 8511 promulgated on November 12, 2008, as amended by Resolution No. 8585 promulgated on February 12, 2009.

"Taking into consideration that the deadline for registration is fast approaching, all employers in the private sector are urged to allow their employees to participate in the registration activities even during working days, and to consider their temporary absence from their work on official time," Secretary Roque said. (PIA 8) [top]

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