NBI to open online center in Naga-A A +A
Saturday, October 13, 2012
THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is willing to establish an online satellite clearance center in the City of Naga to serve the people of southern Cebu from Talisay City to Santander town.
Atty. Reynaldo Esmeralda, NBI national deputy director for operations, said this center can process and issue NBI clearances in five to 10 minutes, for a fee of P115.
“Provided that an applicant for a clearance is not wanted for a crime, he or she can get the NBI clearance right away. So, applicants can save time, money and effort,” Esmeralda said.
Esmeralda said that for Naga City to have an online satellite clearance center, Mayor Valdemar Chiong must provide the space for the center and personnel to man it and encode in their database the records of those who will secure clearances. The City will also have to pay the information technology (IT) provider.
Chiong, in a separate interview, said he is willing to comply with the NBI’s conditions and will meet with Esmeralda to finalize the matter.
“I believe that the people of the City of Naga and southern Cebu, especially the jobseekers, students and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will benefit from it,” Chiong said.
Esmeralda said the NBI clearance center in Naga, if realized, will be the third in Cebu.
The first was in Tuburan upon the request of Mayor Democrito Diamante, who provided the space and personnel.
People from as far as Escalante, Negros Occidental and from Dumaguete City and the neighboring municipalities of Tabuelan, Balamban, Asturias, Pinamungajan and the cities of Toledo and Bogo are securing NBI clearances in Tuburan, Cebu.
Another NBI satellite clearance office is located in Robinsons Cybergate, Fuente Osmeña, Cebu City.
Early this year, the NBI established online satellite clearance centers in Tagbilaran City and Bien Unido, Bohol upon the invitation of Mayor Niño Boniel.
Last Oct. 3, the NBI-Gaisano Riverside Mall Clearance Center located in Alegria, Ormoc City was opened by Esmeralda. It also serves the people of the towns of Almeria, Baybay, Bato, Hilongos, Inopacan, Kananga, Villaba, Palompon and Merida, among others.
“We are really bringing services to the grassroots because the people in these areas don’t have to go to Tacloban City anymore and spend over P1,000 to secure a clearance,” Esmeralda said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 14, 2012.