I didnt worry too much about getting a "HIT" and I didnt even bother to look up what it meant. One of my officemates told me something about it but I had to ask him again about that. Prior to going to the NBI office, I spent a great deal of time researching on the internet what requirements I needed to bring with me. I shredded my old clearance before I moved back here last year. I forgot that I would need that when I get a renewal. So based on the website information, I had to start from scratch.
|scanned copy of my old clearance in 2007|
|faq nbi website|
The website of the NBI was clear and they even had FAQ's . I didnt see the information on their operating hours though but I relied on the internet to provide me with my needed answers. Most of the articles I read just said GO THERE EARLY. In my country, it is true that if you want to get things done, you have to go to government agencies as early as possible. Some people even go there like 2 hours before the offices open. Some even camp out the day before. Im not sure if that apply to the NBI though. when I got my SSS at our town, there was already a mile long line and it was not even 7AM.
I also googled how to go about getting to my destination faster. This link was useful and it provides the operating hours of the MRT, some bits of information about the train, the ticket prices and the route.
I left the house around 6AM. I got on the FX in town and the travel time was 30-40 minutes. I got off at MRT Santolan station (purple line) . From Santolan I took the MRT going to Doroteo Jose. From Doroteo Jose, I transferred to the yellow line and took the Monumento bound train.
The mall was just 5 minutes (or less) away from the Monumento station. You have to cross the street when you see the first pedestrian lane. You will know where it is because the name of the mall is very prominent and you will see the huge number of people crossing the street also going the same direction.
The entry to the mall was lined with fruit stalls and other people selling black pens and some small sheets
of paper I didnt bother to check. Majority of those who show up at that time (8AM) at the mall are there to get an NBI Clearance. Most of the stalls are still closed and the establishments that were open were Jollibee and other fast food chains only.
You will find the NBI Clearance station at the 5th floor of the Victory Central Mall. You wont miss it since
there are directions at every escalator. If you do get lost (which is unlikely unless youre a complete idiot), just follow the crowd! Just be careful however that they arent a group of thieves or schemers. Around 8m or earlier, most of the lights in the mall are still off so you might not see this huge sign:
|5th floor of the mall (image source )|
Here is a flowchart for lazy dummies like me:
Here is a snap I found on how the step process will look like when you go to the main nbi office.
STEP 1. DATA CHECK.
Actually the first step for new applicants is to fill out the form. After this, you proceed to the window where they will verify your information and check whether you wrote down the correct details. Also you have to present a valid id. In my case I had my passport and company ID with me but they just asked for one valid ID.
- WHAT WILL I BRING WHEN I APPLY FOR A NBI CLEARANCE?
- Company I.D
- Current School I.D
- Voter’s I.D.
- Postal I.D
- Driver’s License
- P.R.C License
- Valid Passport
- Valid ATM Card with Picture
- GSIS e-Card
- SSS I.D with Picture
- A.C.R or Alien Certificate of Registration (for Aliens) ***In the absence of any of the above, a birth certificate issued by NSO may be presented.
- HOW MUCH DO I PAY FOR MY APPLICATION?
a.) Personal Copy of the old NBI Clearance issued not earlier than 1994. Photocopy is not accepted.
b.) In the absence of the old NBI clearance, applicant is required to accomplish a new Application Form (Fingerprint Card).For New Applicant: Valid ID of any of the following:
|Purpose of NBI Clearance||Amount|
|A. Naturalization, Cancelation on ACR, Repatriation||Php 415.00|
|B. Change of Name, Business License, NFA, SEC, TBC, Adoption, POEA, PRA Requirement, Permit to Carry Firearm.||Php 165.00|
|C. Travel Abroad, Immigration Requirement, Visa Seaman, Seaman’s Book, TBC for RTO, Marriage Requirement.||Php 115.00|
|D. Local Employment, Customs Pass ID, Enlistment AFP, DND, DOT Requirement, ID Purposes and Other Requirement.||Php 115.00|
I spent a lot of time at Step 2 because I didnt know that there was an automated payment kiosk where you can pay one 100 PHP bill and theree 5PHP coins. The long queue took almost an hour of my time. So to those reading this, thats a tip! Check out this guy's site for further information on the automated payment system.
STEP 3. FINGERPRINTING
After making the payment, bring your receipt and form over to the fingerprinting station. Warning, bring wet tissues if possible and make sure you can access it easily without having to dig through your bag with inked fingers. Why? because the guys doing this part of the process will ask you to give them 2PHP!! for what? their effort and that itty bitty piece of wet one. 2 pesos is nothing i know but damn, imagine how many people get clearances in a day?! i heard that some years ago, they used to ask for 5PHP for it. If you want to be generous, go ahead just let them rip you off one last time. I always try to justify my stance on this, its not the money its the principle! 2pesos is not a lot but hey that service should be free!
STEP 4. IMAGE CAPTURE
My photo came out really bad because I didnt know where to look since Im legally blind. I had to remove my glasses after the guy said in his stern tone, pakialis po ang salamin sa mata (please remove your glasses!). The man taking photos seem to have issues that morning because he grumpily commanded everyone around to look at the camera, dont smile and hurry up. I know it must be a stressful job they have and its really common to encounter rude and obnoxious government employees. I dont blame them. The job seem taxing. But nevertheless I always want to smile when someone takes a photo of me. Denied.
STEP 5. RECORD CHECKING / DATA ENTRY
I dont know if it was due to step 4 but I was asked to come back on May 17 2011 because my records show I have a HIT. The sad face yielded a not so favorable result. What the hell does a hit mean???
I got mixed emotions when I saw that huge RED stamp at the back of my receipt. I honestly got worried because I remember a friend telling me before that he once lined up for his clearance and he also got a hit. The namesake or the guy he shared the same name with happened to be a murderer who was on the loose. WTF!! I left the mall feeling like shit because aside from the fact I hadnt slept, I had to wait for 5 days (since it was 3 business days + weekend). That's 5 days wondering what on earth I may have done for them to say I have a DAMN HIT! Prolonging the agony so to speak! I started running some crazy ideas in my head.
The paranoid that I am, yes I spent the evening googling all information I could get on what having a HIT means. I came up with the following results :
- You have a criminal record
- You changed your surname (for women who got married)
- You have the same name with someone who has a criminal record
- The person checking your record just got lazy
- Another person has the same name as you
- Youre ugly, your mugshot looks suspicious -WTF.
- You have some impending records with government offices, legal liabilities and contract obligations ( source)
- better yet just google NBI hit
This guy wasnt so lucky. He got a HIT. When he came back to get his clearance, he received this document instead:
Aahh the beauty and horrors of google. Ignorance is indeed bliss.Finding out all these information didnt really ease my worry.
Damn you NBI. You gave me another sleepless night. I almost cried. Bwiseett!