NBI 7 opens satellite office in Tuburan-A A +A
Saturday, September 3, 2011
THE throng of clearance seekers lining up outside the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is expected to diminish as the agency yesterday opened a satellite office in Tuburan town to cater to those coming from Cebu’s northern part.
Assistant Director Lauro Reyes, in an interview yesterday, said people coming from neighboring areas no longer need to travel to Cebu City to get the document as the satellite office has all the biometric equipment found in the NBI Central Visayas Regional Office (Cevro).
“And it is not limited there. People from the neighboring islands who can get to the northern part of Cebu via ferry do not need to proceed to the city,” he added.
Also the NBI central office has shipped clearance processing equipment to the regional offices in Eastern and Western Visayas, Reyes revealed.
“Since many of those going to the regional office to get clearances are from these regions, we hope that the number of people going to Cevro will return to its previous more manageable level,” he said.
Lawyer Reynaldo Esmeralda, NBI deputy director for technical services, attended the opening of the satellite office.
The equipment there was not supplied by his office, but by the the local government unit, which also provided the office space to be used.
The municipal government spent P308,000 to purchase the biometric scanners and encoding consoles which are linked to the NBI central database via digital subscriber line.
The NBI, though, will assign a staff member to the area. He will be assisted by five employees assigned by the Tuburan municipal government.
Assistant Director Medardo de Lemos, interviewed separately, said more clearance processing equipment will be shipped to the other regional offices and their corresponding satellite units once the bids and awards committee of the Department of Justice completes the procurement process.
The procurement is in line with NBI Director Magtanggol Gatdula’s bid to upgrade the records database of the agency, which, until recently, still utilized ink-on-paper fingerprinting and the manual retrieval of fingerprint cards in cases where fingerprints from crime scenes need to be identified.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 03, 2011.