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    Clearances of OFWs erroneous, says Phl lawmaker

    A PHILIPPINE lawmaker has called for an investigation into the reported erroneous entries in the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearances issued to job applicants.
    Rep. Al Francis Bichara of Albay Province said this practice of the NBI jeopardizes the chances for employment, especially those Filipinos applying for jobs abroad.
    Bichara on Thursday filed House Resolution 1169, which urges the House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs to inquire, in aid of legislation, into the said practices of the NBI and to correct such entries.
    He said one of the requirements in seeking employment in other countries is the NBI clearance to certify that the job applicant has no derogatory record with government agencies.
    Bichara further said the NBI clearance is the primary document that foreign employers look for and the only remarks acceptable to them is: "No Derogatory Record."
    The lawmaker deplored the practice of the NBI of putting other remarks such as "No Criminal Record" even if the person has no pending case nor a criminal record.
    "This jeopardizes the chances of some of our countrymen of getting overseas jobs which could bring better future for the family, especially a good quality education for their children," Bichara said.
    He said as the modern day heroes, the OFWs' huge remittances are a big factor in making the country's economy the fasting growing economy in Asia.
    "We acknowledge our OFWs as the vital lifeblood of our nation, some government agencies seem to be insensitive if not outright ignorant of their needs," Bichara said.
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