FILE PHOTO: NBI Facade
MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) plans to open 50 more satellite offices this year.
The agency said the move aims to lessen the long lines in securing NBI clearance and to bring government services closer to the public.
“As far as Jolo, we will have an office. The latest is that we will open an office on Tuesday in Balayan, Batangas,” NBI Information and Communication Technology deputy director, Atty. Jose Justo Yap said.
According to Yap, the agency plans to set up 30 satellite offices in various areas across the country, while 20 will be opened at the branches of the Philippine Postal Office.
The NBI now has 107 satellite offices in different cities nationwide.
It also plans to relaunch the NBI clearance renewal card.
“It’s like an ATM-like machine at leading malls, you just have to insert your card and it will print your clearance,” Yap said.
However, individuals with so-called “hit” will still have to visit NBI’s office.
Some Filipinos are in favor of the NBI’s plan, but they are hoping that the agency will fix the process so they will no longer have to visit its office when there are other people bearing the same surname. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue