MANILA, Philippines — There are various types of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance before being issued for specific purposes – for a job application, gun license, visa and for travel abroad.
Starting Monday, there is only one type of NBI clearance which can be used for any transactions that require it, both local and abroad.
It is called the “multi-purpose” clearance which is valid for a year and worth P115 per copy.
“The president wants us to simplify the transactions in the government. This is one of our responses to his directive,” said NBI Director Atty. Dante Gierran.
“You can use this clearance for all purposes, it’s applicable,” said NBI-Information and Communication Technology Division Executive officer Welerme Haplasca Jr.
“For example, I’m applying for a job, and was not hired but have not submitted this clearance, I can still use it for other purposes,” he added.
Some of the applicants are yet to know about it, but they are glad that from now on, there is only one type of clearance for all transactions.
“It’s better because it’s convenient. You only need to process once. Unlike before, you have to come here twice,” said one applicant.
“If they need a multi-purpose [clearance], they just have to renew the old one,” said NBI-Information and Communication Technology Division Deputy Director Atty. Jojo Yap
It is also easier now to process “hits” for NBI clearance. A “hit” appears on your record when you have a namesake or a pending criminal case.
You only have to appear once to clarify the issue without any additional fees.
“First, we need to know the case. During the interview, it will be determined if indeed it was you. If there is a doubt, you will need to secure clearance from the court, if there is a warrant, to prove that it was not you,” said Atty. Yap.
Gilbert is leaving for Canada but his visa was put on hold because there was a “hit” on his NBI clearance.
He was not aware that a fellow driver whom he had a road mishap with filed a case against him.
“I already have all the papers except this one. I thought the NBI clearance I got was okay already but there was a remark,” said Gilbert Bragado, an NBI clearance applicant.
He already secured a court clearance and submitted it to the NBI. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue