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The full-time permanent and temporary rank-and-file faculty members of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) commenced their right to collective bargaining through Certification Election. It was held last November 26-27, 2015 under the supervision of Atty. Erwin C. Angeles, as the overall Election Officer along with twelve (12) BLR personnel and designated Election Officer/s from DOLE Region Nos. III, IV-A and V.

The election was conducted at the PUP Main Campus, Quezon City, Taguig City and Provincial Branches, namely: PUP Main Campus with two (2) precincts; PUP Taguig/Parañaque Branch with one (1) precinct; PUP Quezon City Branch with one (1) precinct; Bataan Branch Precinct; Sta. Rosa, Laguna Branch Precinct; Lopez, Quezon Branch Precinct; Mulanay, Quezon Branch Precinct; Maragondon, Cavite Branch Precinct; Sto. Tomas, Batangas Branch Precinct; and Ragay, Camarines Sur Branch Precinct.

The choices of the voters were the All PUP Faculty Union, Union ng mga Guro sa PUP (UGPUP), and No Union. Consolidated results on December 7, 2015 at the Bureau of Labor Relations recorded three hundred fifty-seven (357) votes out of six hundred seventy-two (672).

Atty. Angeles commended the PUP Management and faculty members for a clean and honest certification election. The activity clearly recognizes the workers’ right and represents the observance of the constitutionally guaranteed right to self-organization and collective bargaining.

END/Ronie U. Oracion