Justice Secretary Tried New NBI Clearance System

01242014Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Tuesday experienced firsthand how it was like to secure a clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), which is under her own agency.

In an interview with reporters, De Lima, who personally saw the long line of applicants at the NBI office in Manila, said she was applying for an NBI clearance to be submitted to the Commission on Appointments.

“Pinapag-submit ulit ako ng CA ng updated documentary,” said De Lima, whose appointment has yet to be confirmed by the CA, more than three years after President Benigno Aquino III installed her as head of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In a report on a News program, De Lima described the long line she witnessed as “too much.”

“The volume of the applicants is simply too much,” she said.

The report said De Lima left immediately after filling out a renewal form as she had to attend a meeting.

De Lima later told reporters that she dropped by the NBI because she also wanted to inspect and check out NBI’s new clearance system herself.

The NBI used to tap third-party firms for the system it uses in processing clearance applications. During the Christmas holidays, however, it switched on its own clearance system then conducted a soft launch last January 2 at the NBI head office in Manila and 18 NBI branches nationwide.

“The new clearance system provides a more reliable platform for the efficient processing of applicants’ information. With the improved search engine and query database, the accurate releasing of clearances will be faster,” said De Lima.

But confusion marred the new system, with applicants complaining of long lines before they were able to obtain their NBI clearance.

The new system includes an automated cashiering module for the consistent accounting reports that would eliminate malversation and corruption, as well as a renewal module specifically catered to people with existing records with the NBI who wanted to secure another clearance.

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