Pay Up or Suffer
Posted May 19, 2005on:
Jerry and I left the house early at 730 this morning for NBI-7 as I intended to get my clearance for submission to my new employer. It has been more than 8 years since I last had my clearance processed and we already anticipated the long lines of people.
At the designated parking outside the NBI compound, a man and a woman, clad in shorts, greeted us immediately. They were “facilitators” looking for a quick buck in exchange for “special” services. Knowing that some government offices do not practice the “mamamayan muna” attitude and instead would dilly-dally the processing without concern for everyone who is in a hurry, we were fodder for these opportunistic facilitators. Sadly, we took the “express lane” without hesitating for a moment.
I don’t know if this errant practice is known to NBI officials. We don’t know for sure if some insiders share in the “facilitation fee” loot. What we know is that because we were party to the misdeed, the processing for our NBI clearances only took an hour (1) tops.
We were out of there in no time, passing the long queues snaking their way to the different sections of the office. People like me are partly to blame for the rampant corruption in these offices. How unfortunate. It’s either you pay up or endure the heat and long wait as your paper gets pushed to the bottom of the heap to accommodate those who didn’t want to be inconvenienced.