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DOLE 3 conducts first region-wide CE among DepEd employees


Almost seventy six thousand (75,858) regular rank and file public school teaching personnel and principals of the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Luzon cast their votes in the series of regionwide certification election, the Department of Labor and Employment announced Wednesday, January 29.

Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita reported to Labor Secretary Bello III that there was an 81% qualified voter turnout in the conducted certification election. “Aside from the 73,699 eligible voters who participated, 2,024 principals on the agreed list as well as some 135 unlisted supervisors/principals had their votes cast but were separated and considered as challenged,” Angara-Campita added.

The contending unions in this election were the Alliance of Concerned Teachers Region III (ACT-ROIII) and Action and Solidarity for Empowerment of Teachers - Central Luzon Union (ASSERT). Voters may choose either of the two or may opt to vote for no union.

Starting October, DOLE 3 led by Atty. Erwin Angeles, Mediator-Arbiter and designated election officer for DepEd CE, conducted the election in seven batches. “With the manpower that DOLE have, we, together with representatives from the two contending unions and DepEd management, agreed to schedule each province on a separate day. All in all, there were 108 polling places distributed in seven provinces,” Angeles explained. (Aurora had 5 polling places; Zambales with 14, Bataan with 12, Pampanga with 20, Tarlac with 14, Nueva Ecija with 24, Bulacan with 19)

Of the total 73,699 eligible votes cast, ASSERT garnered 34,386 votes (47%) while ACT-ROIII received 30,717 (42%). While meeting the first majority condition (that is more than 50% of eligible voters participated), the double majority rule was not satisfied as the union with the most number of votes, which in this case is ASSERT, did not meet more than 50% of the total votes cast.

A run-off election is yet to be scheduled to finally determine the sole and exclusive negotiation agent of public school teachers in Region 3. “We need another election called run-off since none of the three choices received the majority of the valid votes cast. In this run-off election, only the labor unions receiving the two highest number of votes, ASSERT and ACT-ROIII, are in contention. The no union option is no longer included,” Atty. Angeles explained.

Certification Election in the public sector is a process of determining through secret ballot the sole and exclusive negotiation agent of all covered employees in an appropriate negotiating unit for the purpose of collective negotiation. 

Together with Atty. Angeles, DOLE 3 personnel assisted in 108 polling places regionwide.

END/ A. Cunanan

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