Foreign nationals must secure CNO first to get alien permit – DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2019   •   825

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has added a requirement for foreign nationals who wish to work in the Philippines before they can be issued the approved visa and permits from concerned government agencies.

Under Department Order No. 205, series of 2019, foreign nationals are now required to secure a Certificate of No Objection (CNO) from DOLE.

The CNO attests that there are “no individual objects or protests against the interest of the foreign nationals to work in the Philippines and perform their desired jobs.”

“The guidelines cover personnel, participants, trainees, professors, technicians, and fellows entitled to 47(a)(2) visa under certain entities and programs of the Codified Visa Rules and Regulations of 2002 of the DFA,” the DOLE said.

It also applies to “foreign nationals employed and/or seconded in a foreign enterprise that has existing agreement, understanding or document of similar nature with the Philippine government agencies.”

To get a CNO, foreign applicants are required to submit the following documents to the DOLE Regional Offices which has jurisdiction on their intended area of worksite:

  • a letter request from the foreign enterprise/ entity or project implementer;
  • photocopy of passport bio page and entry visa/ latest admission with valid authorized stay, and
  • a certified true copy of the notarized contract of employment between the foreign national and its enterprise/ entity.

The DOLE Regional Office, then, shall grant or deny the issuance of CNO to the foreign national applicant within three working days after the receipt and evaluation of the complete documentary requirements and payment of the corresponding fee.

The DOLE regional director may deny the request for a Certificate of No Objection of a foreign national on the following grounds:

  • If the labor department has received a meritorious objection or information on the employment of the applicant;
  • Any misrepresentation of facts and submission of fraudulent documents;
  • Any derogatory information from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).

Meanwhile, the following are exempted from securing the CNO:

  • Scholars, students, volunteers and personnel of International Organizations entitled to 47(a)(2) visa;
  • Foreigners exempted under Sec. 7 of the JMC No. 001, s. of 2019;
  • Foreign nationals who are required to secure an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Nearly 400,000 tourism workers receive P5,000 cash aid from DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) approved the application of close to 400,000 tourism sector workers for the one-time P5,000 aid under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).

As of April 11, the DOLE said 14,301 tourism establishments, organizations, and associations nationwide have applied for the financial aid on behalf of their employees which account for 370,434 beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, a total of 13,123 workers applied individually for the cash aid.

The awarding was led on Monday (April 12) by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat to select beneficiaries in the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal in a virtual ceremony.

The Labor Chief encouraged tourism sector workers who were displaced by the pandemic “especially those affected by the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila, including the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal to apply for the financial aid” being jointly implemented by the labor and tourism departments.

Of the assistance, P1.2 billion was already remitted to payment centers, while the remaining P719.2 million is awaiting disbursement.

More gov’t offices on lockdown due to COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   March 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The central office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Intramuros, Manila and the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in Quezon City are on lockdown beginning Thursday (March 18).

Both offices are undergoing disinfection and cleaning activities as measures to curb transmission of COVID-19.

The lockdown will remain until Friday (March 19).

Meanwhile, DOLE offices in BF Condominium and its satellite branch in Antonino Building in Kalaw are also under lockdown after three employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to these circumstance, DOLE designated a skeletal workforce until Friday.

Meanwhile, all NAPOLCOM personnel opted to work from home while a receiving personnel will be assigned at the ground floor of the building to accept documents that needed immediate processing.

Normal operations in both government agencies are expected to resume on Monday (March 22).

BI reminds selected aliens with BI-issued visas still need travel pass to leave PH

Marje Pelayo   •   March 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) clarified that some foreign nationals holding visas issued by the agency will be required to present a travel pass before departing from the Philippines.

In an advisory, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said a departing alien must obtain a travel pass from the BI if he or she is a special non-immigrant who is exempted from securing emigration clearance certificate (ECC) and special return certificate (SRC) when leaving the country.

The said ruling is in compliance with an Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) resolution.

The said resolution requires visa issuing authorities to issue a travel pass to departing aliens who were issued visas pursuant to the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 and other special laws governing visa-issuing agencies, except those holding ECCs issued by the BI.

According to Morente, the ruling was crafted by the IATF to allow the BI to be the central repository of data of all foreign nationals in the country.

“While in the meantime, the data is being transmitted to us manually, we hope that in the near future we can start automatic data sharing,” he stated.

Morente advised concerned foreigners to apply for their travel pass at the office of the BI board secretary at the bureau’s main bldg. in Intramuros, Manila.

Applicants for the pass shall submit an accomplished application form and submit a copy of their passport’s biopage, airline ticket, and visa implementation page at least seven (7) days before departure.

Among the aliens who need a travel pass are those who were issued:
* Special Visas for Employment Generation (SVEG)
* Special Non-Immigrant Visa under Republic Act No. 8756 in relation to Executive Order No. 226 or the Omnibus Investment Code
* Special non-immigrant visas under PD 1034
* permanent resident visas under Republic Act No. 7837

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