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My niece, April, was securing her necessary pre-employment documents required from the SM Department Store in Iloilo where she would begin work on August 31. She received her list of requirements last week, Wednesday. This past Monday at 2 pm she was to turn in those documents to the Human Resources Manager. That didn't leave her much time and with her Barangay Clearance still not in her hands, I was concerned she would be able to obtain her necessary paperwork in time. NBI

Our "hot" laundry lady had gone to the barangay office last week to save April the trip over there. As one of my faithful readers, Let, pointed out, it would have been quicker if our niece had secured the necessary document herself. 

Our helper advised my spouse that the barangay captain had been on vacation. I could not believe there was not someone else in charge. The Kagaward is the acting Kapitan, as Tom Ramberg, one of this website's highly intelligent contributors,  noted in a remark on the previous post. The captain's secretary promised the clearance that Thursday afternoon. But the afternoon and evening passed with no word on the document. I was getting agitated. 

Early Friday morning someone came to our door. I heard our twin nieces, April and Michelle, speaking to the visitor. It was the barangay captain's secretary. She had personally delivered the paperwork to our home. In fact, she had clearances for both of my nieces!

The secretary left and I heard her having a little talk with Jesus, our next door neighbor. I quickly put on my slippers, took a 50 peso (1.19 USD) out of my wallet, and walked next door. The captain's assistant was surprised to see me and refused my tip. "Please take it," I said, "for all of your trouble. We might need something in the future." She nodded and shyly took the bill. 

My asawa left with April that Friday morning to get her police clearance. Her tita, aunt, felt it would be quicker to go to the local police station to get the necessary police clearance instead of going to the main Iloilo location. The local station was located near our barangay captain's office. Our laundry lady met my wife and niece at the station and helped procure the paperwork in just a few minutes. 

The Sainted Patient Wife returned home to let our niece gather the remaining paperwork needed. April was able to get her T.I.N., Taxpayer Identification Number, from the regional B.I.R., Bureau of Internal Revenue office in nearby Molo and went on to the National Bureau of Investigation, NBI, office to get her NBI employment clearance. nbi clearance

I had read horror stories online about how long the lines were at the NBI office in Iloilo located at Fort San Pedro. I downloaded the NBI clearance form online and had given it to April so she would have that paperwork filled out before her arrival. Didn't help.

Sister Michelle had joined April at the NBI office only to discover the doors were locked. They were only serving 600 people that day and would not process any more applicants despite pleading from my twin nieces and explaining that the paperwork was needed on Monday for April's job. Didn't matter. They were turned away. 

Now what? The office is closed on Saturday and Sunday. (To be concluded next post.)

8 thoughts on “Only 600 Will Be Served

  1. I have never wanted to get paper works done on Friday here in the Philippines. Everyone wants to go home early for the weekend. I don’t blame them…so would I!!!!

    1. Actually, I think that the level of poverty there closely entwined with corruption dictates a low level of trust in Philippine society as a whole. I’ve heard stories where people would put forth much effort to forge a single document or even steal someones identity just to make a measly P100. The more hurdles and paperworks required, the less chance of fooling the authorities. Philippine Logic!

  2. Hi Dave: Slow service in the Philippines and being turned away from government offices are the norm in the Philippines. To complete paying for the estate taxes from my parents’ estate and to get new titles to the deeds, took 4 years to complete with two sets of attorneys in Cebu City and Cagayan de Oro City. My older brother and I had to go through what April had to do, just to get our birth certificates and pay for the taxes and utilities that were overdue as my parents had passed away and the property managers ignored the bills. It took 30 days, just to complete the initial paperwork. After the 30 days, I had to return to the U.S. My older brother had to return to the Philippines, many times over to clear out all the bills and titles of the properties. You need so much time to complete any tasks. Patience is required while living in the Philippines.

  3. Dealing with gov office in Philippines hasn’t changed in the last 45yrs. Its still paying under table to get people to do work they where hired to do. Took my wife from 85 to 2000 to get title before I would let her build on property she had bought from her aunt. Had title and plot map but goverment could not find property in their books. One office even asked my wife to pay for a locksmith to open a goverment safe to check to see if paper work was in it because manager had went to states and was not expected to return and did’t tell anyone the number. Only in the Philippine will they ask you to break into Goverment safe so you can get your business done with them.

    1. Hi George: Just to add to your comments in paying to make people move. In getting original titles of my parents’ properties to be re-issued, we had to utilize “fixers” to move the paperwork. The attorneys prepared the papers ahead of time and the “fixers” moved the papers inside the Register of Deeds Office. The fixers costs around $500.00 (U.S. dollars) in Cebu. Probate in the courts dragged the completion of the paperwork. The judges take their time. It is important that one does not lose patience as it will just give you a high blood pressure. When in the Philippines, relax as much as you can before enterring government offices.

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