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Posted: January 05, 2021
Conducting background checks In the Philippines is a widely accepted practice, especially since many of the country’s largest employers include outsourcing firms, technology companies, banking institutions, financial services firms, insurance companies, and healthcare and pharmacy companies. These companies operate in industries that are highly vulnerable to legal and safety issues, so they routinely conduct background checks on all candidates and employees.
Here are a couple considerations to take into account while conducting background checks in the Philippines:
Philippines Criminal Records Checks
The criminal records search in the Philippines is a nationwide search conducted through the Regional Trial Court, Municipal Trial Court, Municipal Trial Courts. Court records are open to the public, except those cases involving family disputes. In the Philippines, court cases are tried in either a Municipal, Metropolitan, or Regional Trial Court (the venue of a trial is based on geography and the classification of the case). The Philippine court system does not have a single updated database system – each of the Municipal, Metropolitan, and Regional Trial Courts maintain their own records, with a large proportion still paper-based. Records are maintained by the Office of the Clerk of Court of the Municipal, Metropolitan, or Regional Trial Courts, and are publicly available. A completely comprehensive check to determine criminal records will be to search each of the courts (numbering a few hundred) but this approach is expensive and time-consuming. History checks when checks are undertaken through courts or a private database, although process can vary between suppliers.
Philippines Police Certificate (NBI)
The Philippines Police Certificate (NBI), issued by the National Bureau of Investigation, is often referred to as an NBI certificate, NBI Check or NBI Clearance.To create these certificates,TheNational Bureau of Investigation collects records from courts in the Philippines, including locally based court records that are held with individual courts.
The certificates, which are not legally permitted to be obtained by third parties, can only be obtained by the individual securing the clearance. They are still very common for employment or Visa purposes. Since the NBI relies on individual courts to provide the records, the certificate may not be thorough, especially from remote areas where records are commonly still in paper documents.
In order to obtain a NBI certificate in the Philippines, an applicant must provide two valid ID cards, a completed fingerprint card form and a 2″X2″ photograph.
Private databases may be more thorough and accurate than a NBI Certificate, so they are gaining in popularity.
Many other background check packages are available in the Philippines:
For more information on conducting Philippines background checks, or for information on international background checks in general, please feel free to reach out to the Info Cubic team at (877) 360-4636.
It is important to note that the preceding is offered as general educational information and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Given the intricacies of the pertinent laws and regulations, consultation with qualified legal counsel is recommended.