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For detailed information, you can view/download Department Order No. 40-03, as amended, for private sector unions and Executive Order 180 for public sector unions.

BLR-OURS allows submission of application for registration online, be able to track its status and immediately be informed when to get the Certificate of Registration.

For Private Sector Unions:

Labor Unions

All persons employed in commercial, industrial and agricultural enterprises, including employees of government owned or controlled corporations without original charters established under the Corporation Code, as well as employees of religious, charitable, medical or educational institutions whether operating for profit or not, shall have the right to self-organization and to form, join or assist labor unions for purposes of collective bargaining: provided, however, that supervisory employees shall not be eligible for membership in a labor union of the rank-and-file employees but may form, join or assist separate labor unions of their own. Managerial employees shall not be eligible to form, join or assist any labor unions for purposes of collective bargaining.

Workers’ Associations

All other workers, including ambulant, intermittent and other workers, the self-employed, rural workers and those without any definite employers may form labor organizations for their mutual aid and protection and other legitimate purposes except collective bargaining.”

General Requirements for All Applications for Registration

  • Filled-up Application Form. – The application form should be duly filled-up and notarized
  • Attestation Requirements. - The application for registration including all the accompanying documents, shall be certified under oath by its Secretary or Treasurer, as the case may be, and attested to by its President.
  • Payment of registration fee. - An application for registration with complete documents shall be issued a certificate of registration upon payment of the prescribed registration fee.
  • Accompanying documents. – Original copy of all documents accompanying the application or notice shall be submitted to the Regional Office or to the BLR, as the case maybe.

For Private Sector Unions:

Independent Union


  1. the name of the applicant labor union, its principal address, the name of its officers and their respective addresses, approximate number of employees in the bargaining unit where it seeks to operate, with a statement that it is not reported as a chartered local of any federation or national union;
  2. the minutes of the organizational meeting(s) and the list of employees who participated in the said meeting(s);
  3. the name of all its members comprising at least 20% of the employees in the bargaining unit;
  4. the annual financial reports if the applicant has been in existence for one or more years, unless it has not collected any amount from the members, in which case a statement to this effect shall be included in the application;
  5. the applicant’s constitution and by-laws, minutes of its adoption or ratification, and the list of the members who participated in it. The list of ratifying members shall be dispensed with where the constitution and by-laws was ratified or adopted during the organizational meeting. In such a case, the factual circumstances of the ratification shall be recorded in the minutes of the organizational meeting(s).

Creation of Local/Chapter


  1. Charter Certificate
  2. The names of the local/chapter’s officers, their addresses, and the principal office of the local/chapter; and
  3. The chapter’s constitution and by-laws provided, that where the chapter’s constitution and by-laws are the same as that of the federation or the national union, this fact shall be indicated accordingly.

Workers Associations


  1. the name of the applicant association, its principal address, the name of its officers and their respective addresses;
  2. the minutes of the organizational meeting(s) and the list of members who participated therein;
  3. the financial reports of the applicant association if it has been in existence for one or more years, unless it has not collected any amount from the members, in which case a statement to this effect shall be included in the application;
  4. the applicant’s constitution and by-laws to which must be attached the names of ratifying members, the minutes of adoption or ratification of the constitution and by-laws and the date when ratification was made, unless ratification was done in the organizational meeting(s), in which case such fact shall be reflected in the minutes of the organizational meeting(s).

Federation/National Union


  1. a statement indicating the name of the applicant labor union, its principal address, the name of its officers and their respective addresses;
  2. the minutes of the organizational meeting(s) and the list of employees who participated in the said meeting(s);
  3. the annual financial reports if the applicant union has been in existence for one or more years, unless it has not collected any amount from the members, in which case a statement to this effect shall be included in the application;
  4. the applicant union’s constitution and by-laws, minutes of its adoption or ratification, and the list of the members who participated in it. The list of ratifying members shall be dispensed with where the constitution and by-laws was ratified or adopted during the organizational meeting(s). In such a case, the factual circumstances of the ratification shall be recorded in the minutes of the organizational meeting(s);
  5. the resolution of affiliation of at least ten (10) legitimate labor organizations, whether independent unions or chartered locals, each of which must be a duly certified or recognized bargaining agent in the establishment where it seeks to operate; and
  6. the name and addresses of the companies where the affiliates operate and the list of all the members in each company involved.

Labor organizations operating within an identified industry may also apply for registration as a federation or national union within the specified industry by submitting to the Bureau the same set of documents.

Workers Associations Operating in More than One Region


  1. the name of the applicant association, its principal address, the name of its officers and their respective addresses;
  2. the minutes of the organizational meeting(s) and the list of members who participated therein;
  3. the financial reports of the applicant association if it has been in existence for one or more years, unless it has not collected any amount from the members, in which case a statement to this effect shall be included in the application;
  4. the applicant’s constitution and by-laws to which must be attached the names of ratifying members, the minutes of adoption or ratification of the constitution and by-laws and the date when ratification was made, unless ratification was done in the organizational meeting(s), in which case such fact shall be reflected in the minutes of the organizational meeting(s); and
  5. a resolution of membership of each member association, duly approved by its board of directors.

For Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA):

  • the collective bargaining agreement
  • a statement that the collective bargaining agreement was posted in at least two (2) conspicuous places in the establishment or establishments concerned for at least five (5) days before its ratification; and
  • a statement that the collective bargaining agreement was ratified by the majority of the employees in the bargaining unit of the employer or employers concerned.
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