September 30, 2023

The local government will require business establishments with entertainers or night workers to mandate their employees to submit authenticated copy of their birth certificates and keep them on file for purposes of inspections in compliance with their working permit applications.

Ordinance 74, s. 2023 amended sections 1, 2 and 3 of Ordinance 102, s. 2003, which requires the submission of the document.

The ordinance will take effect on Sept. 21.

To legally protect minors and to prevent them from working in violation of the Labor Code, the authenticated copy of the birth certificate shall be presented to the Reproductive Health and Wellness Center of the City Health Services Office during their registration for work in night establishments.

To eradicate the worst form of child labor, to afford stronger protection to working children, to monitor the employment of minors in all business establishments with entertainers or night workers, and to prevent them from being exposed to hazardous places, the City Social Welfare and Development Office, the regional offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Labor and Employment, and the Baguio City Police Office can exercise visitorial powers and interview every employee in an establishment to determine their true ages and identify and require the presentation of their health records.

For such purpose, an authenticated copy of the birth certificate and any government-issued identification card of the employee shall be presented to the members of the inspection team.

In the exercise of said visitorial powers, the National Privacy Commission shall be consulted to protect the personal information of employees in all business establishments with entertainers or night workers as provided under Republic Act 10173 or the Data Privacy Act.

Applicants who submit falsified birth certificates in their application for employment shall be prosecuted and be made liable under the provisions of the Revised Penal Code and other laws upon endorsement of the City Legal Office of such violation to the Office of the City Prosecutor.

Applicants who fail to submit their authenticated birth certificates shall not be issued working permits. – PIO release