Last May 14, I applied for an NBI clearance as part of my requirements for my part-time teaching job. Prior to that date, I successfully booked my application online, so what I’m supposed to do is just go straight to the Biometrics for record input and then wait for my clearance to be printed (Btw, I chose Robinsons Galleria as the satellite station). Easy right? No. Not in my case. I’m a RA7687 DOST scholar, and part of the bond of that scholarship is to render years of service under Philippine-based companies equivalent to the number of years that I’ve benefited from the program (so that’s 4 years for me). I can’t work outside the country until my bond has been cleared. With this, the NBI will monitor my status and conduct an interview for verification. So guess what. I got a hit, and I have an appointment on May 27 to claim my clearance. That’s 13 days from the day of my application. I’m frustrated that it takes that long, but it’s not my first time to experience that, so I moved on and waited for that day to arrive.
Tip: As you can see, even though I’m just applying for local employment, I still got a hit. Same goes for you if you’re a DOST Scholar. Moreover, even if you’re already cleared with your bond (I am), you still have to give a copy of the clearance letters to NBI and DFA (No, I haven’t done that until now).
>>> Fast Forward: May 27 – 9:15 AM, Barangay 137 Barangay Hall
Before going back to Robinsons, I applied for a Barangay Clearance and guess what. I got it under ten minutes. Man, I wish the NBI clearance was as easy as that!
>>> Fast Forward: May 27 – 10:10 AM, Robinsons Galleria NBI Satellite Station
I passed my receipt to the counter for releasing. This is exciting. I’ll finally get my clearance and then proceed to school to complete my requirements. Wait for it! Wait for it!
NBI Staff: Sir, kailangan niyong pumunta sa NBI Main for interview.
[Sir, you need to go to NBI Main for an interview]
>>> Fast Forward: May 27 – 11:15 AM, Robinsons Galleria NBI Satellite Station
I just checked the directions, ate my lunch, then off I go. Since I’m in a rush to catch up with the school’s schedule, I just rode a taxi to Monumento station. Then this happened…
Taxi Driver: Bakit ka mag-LRT?
[Why take the LRT?]
Me: *Confused Face*
Taxi Driver: Mangingitim ka.
[Your skin will be darker]
Me: *Laughs* (Sounds like a joke, but I don’t get it)
Taxi Driver: Kasi dadaloy yung kuryente sa riles, papunta sa gulong, tapos diretso sa pasahero. Paglabas niyo, maitim na kayo.
[Because electricity is flowing in the rail tracks, then it will travel through the wheels, then straight to the passengers. By the time you get out, your skin will be darker.]
Me: *Laughs* (I wish I didn’t get the joke)
Taxi Driver: *Points at Sarah G’s Chickenjoy billboard* Yang babaeng yan, kain ng kain ng manok, may buni na yan.
[That woman eats chicken so much, she already has ringworm]
Me: *Laughs* (Are we there yet?)
Finally reached the station.
Taxi Driver: Pagbaba mo, yakapin mo yung babaeng yun o. [Hug that woman when you get off the car]
Wow, he managed to crack one more joke before I got off. Good thing the travel time was not that long.
>>> Fast Forward: May 27 – 1:00 PM, Taft Ave. NBI New Building
In the Quality Control Area, I just followed the instructions to write my full name on the back of the receipt then leave it in the box for processing. I find this a very flawed process since putting your receipt ahead of others will reward you with later processing since others receipts will pile up on top of your own. Makes sense? Anyway, it’s fortunate that we’re only a few applicants at that moment. After about ten minutes, my name was called, so I went inside the interview room.
NBI Interviewer: DOST Scholar ka?
[Are you a DOST Scholar?]
NBI Interviewer: Anong course mo?
[What’s your course?]
Me: Computer Science po.
NBI Interviewer: Cleared ka na ba?
[Are you cleared already?]
Me: Opo. *Gives the clearance letter*
[Yes *Gives the clearance letter*]
NBI Interviewer: *Looks at the clearance letter*
Me: Di na po ba ako magkaka-hit pagkasubmit ko sa inyo niyan?
[Does that mean I won’t get a hit anymore after submitting that?]
NBI Interviewer: Pwede pa rin.
[There’s still a chance]
NBI Interviewer: Naiipon kasi yung mga records, kaya inaabot ng taon bago ma process.
[The records get piled up, so it takes years to process]
Me: Ah ganun po ba?
[Is that so?]
NBI Interviewer: 1:45, pwede mo nang kunin yung clearance mo.
[You can get your clearance by 1:45 PM]
Tip: Whatever type of government documents you’re applying for, NEVER forget to bring a pen. One woman near me borrowed a pen from another stranger and more than the pen, she received a sermon XD.
Tip: After placing your receipt in the box and it was collected for processing, be patient and wait for your name to be called. Bothering the collector will just make her grumpy and make things more inconvenient to other applicants. So please do yourself and the other applicants a favor.
That’s it. That 2-minute conversation was 13 days in the making. Haha, just kidding. The hundreds of applicants who got a hit and the time it takes to find my records might have led me to these several days of waiting. And so after 30 minutes…
>>> Fast Forward: May 27 – 1:45 PM, Taft Ave. NBI New Building
THE END (~^_^)~