THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Bacolod City is now using a new automated system for the issuance of clearances.

NBI-Bacolod head Joseph Regudon said the new machines were acquired under the joint project of the Department of Justice and the NBI and that the new system was introduced this month after its contract with a private contractor ended in Dec. 23, 2013.

"We would like to apologize to the public for some glitches and some birth pains brought about by the new system," Regudon said.

The new system features an automated cashiering module designed for consistent accounting reports that eliminate malversation and corruption. It also has a renewal module to shorten waiting time of those who already have existing records.

It is better than the previous system because it can read fingerprints and can identify images, Regudon added.

Under the new system, those who will be issued with identification cards can keep their IDs permanently.

Regudon further said they are trying to accommodate up to 500 applicants daily.

He noted that Justice Secretary Leila Delima said this is a first in the history of the DOJ and the NBI because our very own clearance system was internally developed as part of our flagship National Justice Information System Project.*